Thursday, December 20, 2007

Post stolen from reputable (but not peer-reviewed) source

Several interesting facts and figures in the University of Colorado's Silver & Gold, er, Silver & Gold Record this week. First, the hunt for a new prez to replace Transparent Hank continues:
Tom Riis of UCB music asked if there is any particular piece of information, either true or false, that gives candidates pause about coming to CU. Bosley said there are certain perceptions about the University nationally, including some related to the 2004 football controversy and the dismissal of Ward Churchill of UCB ethnic studies.
On a related note, CU's Colorado Springs campus wants to offer degrees in both ethnic and women's [sic] studies next year:

In the written proposal for the B.A. degree in women's and ethnic studies, Shockley-Zalabak emphasized that the program would be the only one of its kindin Colorado and would integrate academic concepts from both women's studies and ethnic studies ­-- while still allowing for in-depth study in both areas. She added that the program would also enhance campus diversity efforts. . . .

Students majoring in women's and ethnic studies would also satisfy the LAS core-curriculum requirement for a class emphasizing global issues, according to the proposal. At the Nov. 28 regents meeting, Regent Tillie Bishop pointed to the 65-16 vote of LAS faculty approving the new women's and ethnic studies degree, and asked, "What do those 16 know that we don't? . . .

Finally, no background checks on lower-level teachers, at least for a while:
UCB officials have put on hold a requirement that background checks be done when hiring graduate teaching assistants or reappointing full- or part-time instructors and lecturers who have previously worked at UCB. . . . Faculty leaders have pointed out that some colleges and schools would face conducting background checks for hundreds of TAs, instructors and lecturers, creating what they termed a "bureaucratic nightmare."
Worse than the Ward Churchill or football program bureaucratic nightmares?

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