Three junior Political Science majors announced as Truman Scholarship finalists.

http://www.dailyutahchronicle.com/news/campus/notable-achievements-feb-29-2012/

 

Congratulations to Whitney Benns, Ashley Edgette, and Melissa Moeinvaziri! For the fourth consecutive year students from the U have been announced as finalists for the Uber-prestigious Truman Scholarship. We wish all of them the best of luck.

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Occupy Wall Street Panel: Success!

On Wednesday Feb. 15, the Political Science Student Advisory Committee, and The Hinkley Institute of Politics co-hosted a panel event on the Occupy movement. Professors Johnston and Holzner from the Political Science department and Professor Stewart from the Sociology department each used their expertise to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the movement. We were thrilled at the success of the event and hope to have more like it in the future! Check out the link to the Chronicle below and read more about it!

http://www.dailyutahchronicle.com/news/profs-weigh-in-on-occupy/

Local News: Tenure no more?

It’s that time of the year again: Utah’s fine legislature is in session. This year, a bill should of be special interest to us as students in higher education. Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, is trying to pass a bill that would ban academic tenure at all but two universities in Utah, the U and USU. This bill, HB32, is making its second appearance this year, having grabbed a few headlines but failed to gather much traction last year. Read this year’s language here:

http://le.utah.gov/~2012/bills/hbillint/hb0322.htm

What is it about tenure that irks Rep. Herrod so? One answer he gives is institutions’ lack of ability to “shed incompetent or lazy professors.” What do you think about this idea?

Read what Bill Sederburg, Utah’s Commissioner of Higher Education, has to say here:

The debate over tenure will be interesting to watch as it is

not an easy concept to defend if you are not familiar with what it completely entails.  You might be one who feels tenure gives special status to a subgroup of public employees. However, at the end of the day Utah needs tenure to protect the voice of the minority, to be protected from undue political and economic pressures, and to remain competitive for the best and the brightest.

http://www.higheredutah.org/bills-blog-time-to-talk-tenure/