George Leef

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

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“Interdisciplinary Studies”—It Shouldn’t Be a Joke, But Is

Jan 31, 2011 by George Leef |

In today’s Pope Center piece, Troy Camplin discusses that strange campus phenomenon known as “Interdisciplinary Studies.” He argues that this could and indeed should be a serious field of study, pointing to a… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

But Will Navy Now Drop its Diversity Mania?

Jan 27, 2011 by George Leef |

The Chronicle reports on the settlement the Naval Academy has been forced to make with the English professor it retaliated against after he criticized its "affirmative action" program. To call this an "embarrassment" is putting… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Law School—Not Just Oversold, But Deceptively Oversold

Jan 26, 2011 by George Leef |

In today’s Pope Center Clarion Call, I comment on the recent, wonderfully iconoclastic New York Times piece on law schools. Students are lured into law school in much the same way they’re lured into college… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

The Ideological Tilt of Harvard University Press

Jan 25, 2011 by George Leef |

The Econ Journal Watch categorizes ten years of titles from Harvard University Press, first culling out all those that have no philosophical angle, then categorizing the remaining books.

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NYT’s Room for Debate Looks at the Results of Higher Education

Jan 25, 2011 by George Leef |

In today's New York Times Room for Debate feature, the topic is how much college students learn. It was prompted by the furor over the recent book Academically Adrift in which the authors conclude that many students… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

An Engaging Course in Political Economy

Jan 24, 2011 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Kurt Rothhoff of Seton Hall writes about an engaging course he has developed -- a lunchtime discussion class covering issues where economics and liberty overlap. 

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Rich Vedder Responds

Jan 21, 2011 by George Leef |

In this extensive Inside Higher Ed piece, Rich Vedder responds to criticism by Anthony Carnevale, who takes issue with Vedder’s argument that many college graduates derive no financial benefit from their degrees. 

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Why is Economics Called “The Dismal Science”?

Jan 20, 2011 by George Leef |

The term was coined by enemies of laissez-faire who thought that slavery was just fine and found the free-market case against it "dismal." Hat tip: Frank Stephenson

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The Same Tired Arguments on Racial Preferences

Jan 19, 2011 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center Clarion Call, John Rosenberg reviews a recent book that purports to show how terrible it was for California to have adopted Proposition 209, thereby dropping racial preferences. Alas, it's just the… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

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 >

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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