January 31, 2014
Naël Desaldeleer
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The so-called French university crisis: facts and self-fulfilling ideology

Not a week goes by in France without some newspaper headline about the university crisis, but it is also time to talk numbers concerning this matter. Reviewing an empirical study by two French sociologists, we find that the crisis is not the one we are told. There is a persistent rumour that public universities are in crisis, and this notion is also prevalent in France. Over the last decade, the world of public higher education and research has been subject to many ...
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September 16, 2013
José Luis Mateos
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The crisis in the Humanities: a matter of numbers

Welcome to the first publication of SIRIS Lab. Interested in the narrative of decline existing within the Humanities, José Luis Mateos has been trying to determine the scope of the crisis. In the following post he offers his views on the topic, highlighting how statistics play a major role in assessing the phenomenon. The Humanities are in crisis, or at least that is what some voices have been claiming recently. But this story is hardly new. Back in 1964, J. H. Plumb published ...
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