This is a fantastic overview of the field from the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF)
From the Washington Post:
It used to be that attending a public university all but guaranteed graduating with little to no debt. State governments funneled enough money into higher education that families could send their kids to a local school without worrying about taking out a second mortgage or private loans to pay their way.
Not so anymore. These days students pay more of the cost of attending public universities than state governments, a shift that is making college less affordable, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.
Researchers found that the money public colleges collect in tuition surpassed the money they receive from state funding in 2012. Tuition accounted for 25 percent of school revenue, up from 17 percent in 2003. State funding, meanwhile, plummeted from 32 percent to 23 percent during the same period. That’s a far cry from the 1970s, when state governments supplied public colleges with nearly 75 percent of their funding, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
Read the rest of this article here.
If you’re an academic, you know you should complete writing projects during the semester. But too many scholars abandon their writing during the 12-14 week semester, and it’s a big mistake. The most productive scholars are those who write every day and integrate writing into their teaching lives. I found this fantastic article in Inside Higher Ed today. I’ve reposted the first challenge below as a New Year’s suggestion: get started now planning for spring. Make a commitment to yourself that you’ll write every day.
THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE
- Create a list of your writing goals (and the tasks necessary to complete them) for the spring semester.
- If you are resistant to this task, gently ask yourself “why?”
- Map the writing tasks you need to accomplish onto each week of the semester.
- Go through your calendar and block out 30-60 minutes at the beginning of each week day for “writing time.”
- If you don’t have a calendar, stop reading and go get one.
- Write every day this week for 30-60 minutes (just try it!)
- Proactively connect with a community of support that meets YOUR personal needs for writing accountability.
I hope this week brings each of you the clarity to define your writing goals, the persistence to write every day, and the joy that is found in true community!