What is an academe?

What is an academe? Here are some definitions.

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  1. (historical) The name of the garden in Athens where the academics met. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  2. (poetic) An academy; a place of learning. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  3. (poetic) The scholarly life, environment, or community. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
  4. A senior member of the staff at an institution of higher learning; pedant. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
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As a consequence, two-year college faculty are implicitly marginalized and devalued within academe.
Furthermore, the goals and system of rewards in academe often appear conflicted.
The project, based at Pennsylvania State University, focuses on work and family issues in academe.
I would go even further by suggesting that when gross imbalances exist they bespeak pathological symptoms in academe.
Still, such practices in academe help legitimate the even more extreme forms now commonplace in corporate America.
Significant changes are going to happen in academe regardless of what a faculty or an administration desires.

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