University Presses Under Fire

The Nation

“On May 24, 2012, the University of Missouri System announced that it would close the University of Missouri Press so that it might focus more efficiently on ‘strategic priorities.’ Admirers of the press mobilized rapidly to save it. ‘By abrupt fiat,’ the author William Least Heat-Moon wrote in a local newspaper, the university ‘wants to eradicate a half-century of dedicated work in fostering, developing and publishing more than 2,000 books.’ During a concert in Columbia, Missouri, Lucinda Williams lamented the closing of the press and defended its beleaguered staff. The New York Times and NPR covered the controversy, and 5,200 people signed a petition supporting the press. Four months later, the university reversed its decision. ‘Without question, the best news from the University of Missouri Press,” its editor in chief, Clair Willcox, recently wrote, “is that there is a University of Missouri Press.’

“The Missouri case starkly illustrates a dual reality about the world of university press publishing—many university presses exist on the edge, and a large number of people want them to survive and flourish. Says Peter Berkery, the executive director of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP): ‘University presses are experiencing new, acute and, in some ways, existential pressures, largely from changes occurring in the academy and the technology juggernaut. Random House can see the technology threat and they can throw some substantial resources at it. The press at a small land-grant university doesn’t have the same ability to respond.'”

http://www.thenation.com/article/179712/university-presses-under-fire?page=full#

More Hispanics, blacks enrolling in college, but lag in bachelor’s degrees

Pew Research Center

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“This week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law passed by voters in Michigan that banned the consideration of race in public college admissions decisions. While eight states have passed laws restricting affirmative action since 1996, how has the racial makeup of college students and graduates changed?

The biggest story is among Hispanics, who have made big gains in college enrollment, a measure that includes both two- and four-year schools. From 1996 to 2012, college enrollment among Hispanics ages 18 to 24 more than tripled (240% increase), outpacing increases among blacks (72%) and whites (12%). (The Census Bureau did not publish Asian college enrollment figures before 1999.)  In fact, for the first time in 2012, Hispanics’college enrollment rate among 18- to 24 year-old high school graduates surpassed that of whites, by 49% to 47%.”

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/04/24/more-hispanics-blacks-enrolling-in-college-but-lag-in-bachelors-degrees/

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition

The New Media Consortium

“The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program. This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.”

http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-higher-ed

NO CLASSROOMS, JUST EXPERIENCES: “free thinking” the future of higher ed

The Chronicle of Higher Education

“I’m serving on a ‘Student Experience Task Force’— which among other things is exploring the relationship between residence halls, classrooms, laboratories, dining facilities, student centers, libraries, gyms, and outdoor spaces across my campus—with an eye toward long-term strategies. This is a yearlong process.

Our first assignment was to ‘free think’ one possibility twenty to thirty years from now. These ideas were not expected to be grounded in reality— but to intentionally be provocative, disruptive, or transformative.”

http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/theubiquitouslibrarian/2014/04/09/no-classrooms-just-experiences-free-thinking-the-future-of-higher-ed/