Notes in the Margins: Marketization, Islamic frats and an admin boom

The marketisation of our universities is fragmenting the academic workforce at the students’ expense Business criteria, not education or the public good, drive what marketised universities do. Universities are restructuring for the new era, ploughing money into marketing and glitzy buildings, designed to appeal to applicants as much as function for those that use them. (Impact of Social Sciences)

New Analysis Shows Problematic Boom In Higher Ed Administrators The number of non-academic administrative and professional employees at U.S. colleges and universities has more than doubled in the last 25 years, vastly outpacing the growth in the number of students or faculty, according to an analysis of federal figures. (The Huffington Post)

Fraternity Life, Islamic Style At the country’s first Islamic fraternity, Alpha Lambda Mu, students get the opportunity to express both sides of their identity, the American and the Muslim. (The New York Times)

Giant Résumés Fail to Impress Employers Colleges Are Pushing Students to Create Online Portfolios, but Hiring Managers Are Skeptical (The Wall Street Journal)

LGBT collegiate athletes see rise in acceptance Thanks to new coming out stories and national organizations, more gay athletes are speaking out. (USA Today)