Month: October 2016

university rankings _conceptual

What’s ‘World Class’ About University Rankings?

Higher education is a globally competitive market and institutions with a high rank can claim exceptionalism that brings in students and funding, acknowledges our Michelle Stack. But are rankings genuinely useful for students or for research?

6 years ago
Hart and Holmström

Why Did Contract Theory Deserve a Nobel Prize?

As technology improves and organizations become more complex, the theory and practice of contract design will only increase in importance. As such, we owe, we owe a great debt to this year’s Nobel laureates in economics for giving us powerful tools to structure effective contracts.

6 years ago

CASBS, SAGE Seek to Honor Academics or Researchers With Policy Successes

“Research conducted in the social and behavioral sciences has the unique capacity to improve the human condition in a way that other sciences cannot. Social and behavioral scientists deserve to be recognized for the important impact of their work.” The SAGE-CASBS Award is an effort to do so.

6 years ago
Humanities books

Archived Webinar: Librarians and the Freedom to Read

Last month the webinar “Battling Bannings- Authors discuss intellectual freedom and the freedom to read” saw Index on Censorship’s Vicky Baker moderate a discussion between historian Wendy Doniger and children’s book authors Christine Baldacchino and Jessica Herthel.

6 years ago
Black sheep

Take Away Tenure, and Professors Become Sheep

Alice Dreger says shecan see clearly that universities in which the majority of the faculty feel unsafe in terms of job security become places where no one feels safe to do anything that might risk upsetting someone.

6 years ago

The Financialisation of Academic Knowledge Production

As part of our series on academic freedom, Dylan Kerrigan discusses the wider implications of the financialisation of academic knowledge production by considering academic book publishing. He asks if the success of academic books is best measured by economic or non-economic criteria, by its impact on the business sector or its veracity, by ideological myth-making or evidence.

6 years ago

Existing Career Incentives Are Often Bad for Science

A culture of bad science can evolve as a result of institutional incentives that prioritize simple quantitative metrics as measures of success, argues Paul Smaldino. But, he adds, not all is lost as new initiatives such as open data and replication are making a positive difference.

6 years ago