George Leef

Director of Research, John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

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Stanley Fish’s New Book on Academic Freedom

Jan 14, 2015 by George Leef |

George Leef reviews Versions of Academic Freedom and argues that there does not have to be a single, one-size-fits-all approach to academic freedom.

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A Diverse Group of Social Psychologists Calls for More Diversity in Their Field

Jan 07, 2015 by George Leef |

Six social psychologists are publishing an article arguing that their discipline suffers as a science due to its narrowness in the range of opinions it deems acceptable. 

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The Ongoing Madness in Madison

Dec 17, 2014 by George Leef |

The University of Wisconsin, Madison recruits many academically weak students to make the campus more diverse, but the open admission standards erode the university's academic integrity.

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Why the Education Department’s “gainful employment” rule is futile

Nov 21, 2014 by George Leef |

George Leef argues that the "gainful employment" rule will reduce students' options for employment without helping them avoid debt.

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Causing the College Credentials Craze

Nov 10, 2014 by George Leef |

George Leef writes on the "credentials mania" and the effects of companies ruling out applicants who don't have college degrees.

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Is there any real content to “leisure studies”?

Nov 10, 2014 by George Leef |

Leisure is not a dream that universities need to model; it's a choice that people make among all the uses of their time.

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Aspiring Adults Adrift

Oct 17, 2014 by George Leef |

George Leef reviews a new book by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, authors of Academically Adrift.

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Are Course Syllabi Covered by Copyright?

Sep 29, 2014 by George Leef |

George Leef argues that a syllabus should be a shared resource—not something kept under lock and key.

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The Collision Between Academic Freedom and Freedom of Contract: the Salaita Case

Aug 27, 2014 by George Leef |

George Leef offers his perspective on whether a university should have the freedom to decline to employ those who seem more interested in espousing political beliefs than in teaching.

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The Clery Act: More Campus Safety Or Just a Wasteful Mandate?

Aug 20, 2014 by George Leef |

Top-down controls have been put in place on college campuses to improve campus safety, but these efforts waste resources and do little to solve the problem.

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Group Preferences Based on “Place” vs. Preferences Based on Race

Aug 13, 2014 by George Leef |

George Leef reviews Professor Sheryll Cashin's recent book, Place, Not Race.

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Minding the Campus’s John Leo Profiled

Aug 11, 2014 by George Leef |

The Week magazine has posted a profile of Minding the Campus's John Leo.

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Assigning Blame for the Degradation of Higher Ed

Aug 08, 2014 by George Leef |

Establishment voices blame critics and innovators for the degradation of higher ed.

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How Higher Ed Fails Students, Especially Leftist Ones

Aug 06, 2014 by George Leef |

At many institutions, professors shortchange students by affirming their existing beliefs, rather than challenging them on the path of "collision with error."

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The Unstoppable Mania

Jul 16, 2014 by George Leef |

Will there ever be enough diversity?

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