Drive-By Link Posting

DAYS WITHOUT A CONTRACT: 390
DAYS UNTIL THE START OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR: 25

A couple of quick links before I get on the road:

Metropolis area hopes for ‘yes’ vote [The Southern]
More on the tentative agreement reached at Honeywell. The ratification vote is, apparently, tomorrow!

Using GuideStar to Learn More About University Finances [Chronicle of Higher Education]
A heads-up on an online site that houses IRS forms 990 — which may give people insight into the real situation on university finances.

Forum: The Futureof Faculty Unions [Chronicle of Higher Education]
Two professors, an adjunct union founder, a vice president for academic affairs, the president of the AAUP, and a vice president for labor relations walk into a bar… Or rather discuss the future of faculty unions.

What Makes a Great College Workplace? [Chronicle of Higher Education]
The survey results that accompany Great Colleges Reap the Benefits of Great Workplace, as part of the Great Colleges to Work For 2011 survey. What I find particularly telling is the survey measures, particularly the emphasis on partnership (something that’s really been absent from SIUC recently).

Does Performance Funding Work? [Inside Higher Ed]
The next biggest thing for higher education (and other levels) is performance-based funding. Graduation levels, retention levels, and insert “performance measure here” is going to be heavily linked to state funding for public institutions. Inside Higher Ed gives us some research on the feasibility.

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