George Leef

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

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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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Austrian School Economists and the Housing Bubble

Dec 28, 2010 by George Leef |

Quite a few Austrian economists predicted the housing bubble, based on their method of analyzing changes in incentives and their logical consequences.

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Re: Value of the College Degree

Dec 21, 2010 by George Leef |

A figure of 85 percent agreeing that their education adequately prepared them for their job certainly doesn't mean much.

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The Diversity Camel Gets Its Nose Under the Engineering Tent

Dec 20, 2010 by George Leef |

An engineering professor writes about the incursion of political correctness into the field of engineering.

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Sadly, Few Econ Students Ever Read Material Like This

Dec 17, 2010 by George Leef |

An excellent essay by Professor Christopher Westley of Jacksonville State University makes the case against the politicization of money and credit.

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Murray Sperber on Craig Brandon’s The Five Year Party

Dec 17, 2010 by George Leef |

Professor Murray Sperber writes about Craig Brandon's The Five Year Party

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Professor Richard Ebeling on the Austrian Economic Tradition

Dec 15, 2010 by George Leef |

Here is an enlightening interview done by an Argentine economist with Professor Richard Ebeling about the Austrian approach:  Mises, Hayek, and others.

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Duke’s President Versus the University’s Reputation

Dec 15, 2010 by George Leef |

President Richard Brodhead pleaded with students not to give Duke the reputation as a sex-crazed campus. Perhaps it would do more if the university stopped bringing in a parade of salacious shows and speakers.

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