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  • Popplestone, Ann
    Ann Popplestone AAB, BA, MA CCC Metro TLC 216-987-3584 FAX:707-924-2471 ... From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@chronicle.com] Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 5:00
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      Ann Popplestone AAB, BA, MA
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      From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@...]
      Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 5:00 AM
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      Subject: 5/24/2004 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Monday, May 24.


      * THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA took control of Compton Community
      College on Friday after officials concluded that district
      administrators were not capable of resolving the
      institution's longstanding fiscal problems.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2004/05/2004052402n.htm



      A glance at the current issue of
      "The Journal of Higher Education":
      Cultural sources of resistance to graduate-student unions

      The movement to unionize graduate-student labor is growing, but
      it faces significant barriers that are part of the culture of
      academe, according to a team of researchers led by Jenny J. Lee,
      an assistant professor at the Center for the Study of Higher
      Education at the University of Arizona.

      Administrators tend to use the term "we" when discussing the
      institution, indicating that they consider themselves in some
      sense to be the university, which may contribute to their
      resistance to an organization that would exert influence on the
      institution, the authors argue.

      Faculty members, who value their freedom to structure their
      work, may resist unionization and change in general "simply out
      of fear of disruption," the researchers say.

      Some of the largest obstacles to graduate student unionization,
      though, come from the graduate-student culture itself. Many
      students choose not to participate in the union movement because
      they think of their teaching-assistant work as part of their
      education and they know they will soon move on. "An underlying
      assumption linked to their temporary organizational status is a
      sense that being overworked and underpaid is to be expected,"
      the authors write.

      The article, "Tangles in the Tapestry: Cultural Barriers to
      Graduate Student Unionization," is not online. Information about
      the journal is available at


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