George Leef

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

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Many College Students Learn Little

Jan 18, 2011 by George Leef |

So says this USA Today article, reporting on the findings of a recent book entitled Academically Adrift. No surprise here. 

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How Writing a Sonnet Helps Students Learn English

Jan 18, 2011 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Troy Camplin explains the benefits of giving students a seemingly outmoded and irrelevant writing assignment -- composing a sonnet. 

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Duke Gang of 88 Member to NEH

Jan 14, 2011 by George Leef |

A Pope Center piece tells of President Obama's appointing Duke professor Cathy Davidson, a "Gang of 88" member who was champing at the bit to have the accused lacrosse players punished for a crime that didn't happen, to… Continue Reading | 2 Comments >

How Do the Big Football Schools Do Off the Field?

Jan 12, 2011 by George Leef |

In this video, Anne Neal of ACTA discusses how well (or poorly) the schools that took part in the big football bowl games do when it comes to having a good core curriculum. 

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A Comment on My “Dumbing Down” Piece

Jan 12, 2011 by George Leef |

Annonymous Comment: In order to obtain my "Professional License" in order to be allowed to keep teaching, I have to take a bunch of inane Graduate Ed School classes.  In order to pay for those classes, I have to take on a… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Education Schools and the Dumbing Down of the Teaching of Literature

Jan 12, 2011 by George Leef |

There's a strong trend toward assigning students books that are easy and fun, then giving them written assignments that don't call for serious analysis. 

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Rich Vedder on the Overproduction of Advanced Degrees

Jan 07, 2011 by George Leef |

At The Chronicle's Innovations blog, Rich Vedder discusses the overproduction of advanced degrees in the U.S. 

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Where Did Those Mushy “No Labels” Ideas Come From?

Jan 07, 2011 by George Leef |

In this sharp essay, Mary Grabar links the intellectually mushy "No Labels" movement to academic fads that decried logic and debate as just bad male habits.

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Faculty Productivity

Jan 07, 2011 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Duke Cheston writes about his findings regarding the UNC political science department. Have tenured faculty engaged in some successful "rent seeking" to reduce the amount of teaching time they… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

$200K in Debt for Her BA in Sociology

Jan 05, 2011 by George Leef |

Kelli Space is a poster child for the damage done by our college degree mania, fueled by easy federal money .

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Obama Does It Again

Jan 03, 2011 by George Leef |

Duke professor Cathy Davidson (a Gang of 88 member) appointed to the National Council on Humanities. 

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No Good Guys in This Fight

Dec 30, 2010 by George Leef |

The for-profit higher education industry doesn't always deserve opprobrium.

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Federal Aid Helps Schools, Not Students

Dec 29, 2010 by George Leef |

That's among the arguments Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward makes in this piece.

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The Pope Center’s Top Ten List

Dec 29, 2010 by George Leef |

The top ten higher education-related events over the last decade, that is. Here is our list.

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College for the Credential, Work for the Education

Dec 28, 2010 by George Leef |

David Bass decided on getting his college degree entirely through online courses. His college classes, just as he had thought, did little to advance his capabilities in comparison with all the on-the-job training.

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