It’s not news that university funding is stretched thinner than paper, but the University of Guelph is tackling their budget shortfall in a troubling way: every department and division, both academic and non-academic, has to submit a report to a task force describing what exactly their department does, and why they are essential to the university. If a department can’t prove it is essential, it will face severe funding cuts or elimination.
In the grand tradition of the Jewish Intellectual, most of my family members work in or around academia. There’s good historical reasoning behind this: the one area where it’s pretty much always safe to be a Jew is higher education. Read More Higher Education, Model Minorities, and Music