Category Archives: Higher Education

The Looming Student Loan Bubble

For the first time, in 2010 student loan debt exceeded 100 billion dollars. Student loan debt now exceeds credit card debt. Students are taking on massive debt, and then are unable to procure well-paying jobs to pay it off.  Economists predict that this burden will be a drag on consumer spending and the economy for years (let alone what it suggests about the lives of the students and parents who have taken on the debt), while students organize to demand loan forgiveness.  Here is the article.

–Suzanne Verderber

At U. of Colorado, most revenue from tuition hike goes to top administrators

A revealing story about the fate of most of the money derived from a nearly 10% tuition hike at the University of Colorado: most goes to salaries of top administrators. About 50% of faculty received a slight raise after salaries had been frozen for three years, and they also lose most of their tuition benefit for family members since this is a “down economy.” At U. of C., it’s apparently only a “down economy” if you’re a faculty member, not a top administrator.  Here’s the story.

–Suzanne Verderber

The State of Academic Unionism, Dec. 9, 5:15-7:30

Dear Union Members:

I am pleased to announce that on Friday, December 9th,  from 5:15-7:30, at Pratt Institute (location TBA), the UFCT Local 1460 will be hosting a lecture/presentation: “The State of Academic Unionism.” Our esteemed guests will be both Stanley Aronowitz of the CUNY Graduate Center, and Michael Pelias of LIU.

Please RSVP ASAP (kyecarbone@gmail.com) as seating will be limited. Moreover, students, friends, and guests are allowed, but we will need to know just how many to accommodate.

In Solidarity,

Kye

ALL PRATT FACULTY: YELLOW FORMS DUE BY OCTOBER 15

By this time, all Pratt faculty should have received a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and membership materials in their faculty mailboxes.  Whether or not you are currently a union member, you must fill out the yellow membership form and return it to the union office (125 North Hall) by October 15.  Filling out the form is a mandatory condition of your employment.  Please call the union office (718-636-3614) if you have not received this material.

–Suzanne Verderber