Archive for April, 2015

FY 2016 Budget Allocations to State Colleges

In the upcoming budget document, on page D-290, one can see how much the state is giving to each state college/university; it isn’t pretty.


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European Parliamentary Research Service

Much like the Congressional Research Service or the UK Parliament Research Briefings, the European Parliamentary Research Service provides unbiased reports, in this case to the European Parliament. The publications range from in-depth analyses and studies to briefings on a wide variety of topics. Recent reports have touched upon higher education in the EU and asylum in the EU. In addition, its graphics warehouse contains a plethora of informative graphs. Another worthwhile source for authoritative information, this time with a European-centric flavor.

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8th Graders’ Knowledge of U.S. History Hasn’t Improved According to Nation’s Report Card

The results of the U.S. History NAEP 2014 assessment reveal that students’ understanding of U.S. history, civics, and geography has not noticeably advanced since the last version of the test was given in 2010. “This interactive report presents average score and achievement level results of the nation’s eighth-grade students by gender, race/ethnicity, parental education levels, and other student groups.” Highlights and graphs are given for the three fields under examination; summary data tables with information back to 1994 can be accessed as well. PDF infographics are also online.We still have a long way to go.

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Copyright – Fair Use Decisions Database

The murky and confusing world of fair use litigation has been partially illuminated by the U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index. The stated purpose of the Index is that it”… tracks a variety of judicial decisions to help both lawyers and non-lawyers better understand the types of uses courts have previously determined to be fair—or not fair. The decisions span multiple federal jurisdictions, including the U.S. Supreme Court, circuit courts of appeal, and district courts. Please note that while the Index incorporates a broad selection of cases, it does not include all judicial opinions on fair use.” It is a user-friendly interface, allowing the researcher the ability to limit decisions to specific jurisdictions as well as to direct the search to certain contextual categories within fair use. Results will list the cases in reverse chronological order and contain the case name/citation, year, key facts, the contested fair use issue, holdings (findings), and outcome. For instance, limiting the jurisdiction to the Supreme Court elicits only four cases  A surprising drawback of this site is that the case citation is not linked to the full text of the decision. That can be rectified by accessing Federal Law: Judicial Opinions that has rulings back to the 1990s; bound decisions by the Supreme Court, called the United States Reports, are available from before its beginning. (We know, law is sometimes confusing.) Summaries of Fair Use Cases from Stanford is also a worthy site and Copyright Timeline: A History of Copyright in the United States makes for informative reading as well.

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Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Arguments Today at 11am

This very important case, Obergefell v. Hodges, will be heard this morning. SCOTUSblog provides excellent coverage and numerous links; the site will provide live-blogging as the arguments are presented. Transcripts of the oral arguments will be made available later in the day on the court’s website as is its policy for all hearings. An audio version will be made available late this Friday (audio recordings are made available on the Friday of the week the arguments are presented). FYI: The Supreme Court does not permit filming of its proceedings. C-SPAN is providing “… LIVE coverage of the sights and sounds outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices hear oral arguments on cases dealing with the legalization of same-sex marriage, plus reaction from lawyers arguing the cases and advocates on the issues.”

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2014/15 Median Salaries of Tenure-Track Professors and Other Higher Education Professionals

Broken down into 32 broad subject categories, subdivided by faculty rank, and arranged by Carnegie Classification, Median Salaries of Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges, 2014-15 provides a snapshot of pay levels across various disciplines and types of institutions. Compare these data with Median Salaries of Higher-Education Professionals, 2014-15; Median Salaries of Senior College Administrators, 2014-15; and Salaries of Hourly Workers in Higher Education Rise by 2%.

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Remaking the Intelligence Community in the mid-1970s

More than 80 documents on the above process can be perused in The Intelligence Community: Investigation and Reorganization (Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXXVIII, Part 2, Organization and Management of Foreign Policy; Public Diplomacy, 1973–1976. Documents 1-83). Memos, letters, conversations, and editorial interpolations are included

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