Tom Wood

Former Academic Correspondent, National Association of Scholars

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Higher Education and Economic Growth

Sep 23, 2009 by Tom Wood |

Tom Wood makes the case that higher education is worth public support.

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The Sheepskin Effect

Jul 30, 2009 by Tom Wood |

Does a college degree mean anything to employers? What intrinsic value does higher education have?

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The Public Interest and University Governance (Part 2): Recent Controversies at the…

Jun 11, 2009 by Tom Wood |

Tom Wood argues for faculty governance in colleges and universities.

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The Public Interest and University Governance (Part 1)

May 27, 2009 by Tom Wood |

The Palaima-Sandefer controversy at UT-Austin

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Three Cheers for the Dons: Part 3

May 08, 2009 by Tom Wood |

What happens when student affairs functions far oufund the university's core academic operations, teaching and research?

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Three Cheers for the Dons: Part 2

May 06, 2009 by Tom Wood |

Governance structures that take control of the university out of the hands of the faculty make it easier for

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Three Cheers for the Dons: Part 1

May 05, 2009 by Tom Wood |

Would universities be better off if their governing bodies were controlled by their faculties? This three-part series investigates.

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Virginia Tech, Academic Freedom, and Employment Law: Part 3

Apr 09, 2009 by Tom Wood |

In the third and final part of this series, Tom Wood examines the many non-legal objections to Virginia Tech

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Virginia Tech, Academic Freedom, and Employment Law: Part 2

Apr 08, 2009 by Tom Wood |

A look at how the current controversy over the tenure policy at Virginia Tech exemplifies the intersection of academic freedom and public employment law.

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Virginia Tech, Academic Freedom, and Employment Law: Part 1

Apr 07, 2009 by Tom Wood |

Faculty members at public universities are state employees, but public universities are not like other public institutions. So what are the governing principles for faculty employment?

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Slouching Toward the Therapeutic University: Part 3

Apr 01, 2009 by Tom Wood |

A university is about self-discovery, but in a sense quite different from person-centered therapy. It involves stretching the self and the mind with the thoughts of the great minds of the past and present.

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Slouching Toward the Therapeutic University: Part 2

Mar 31, 2009 by Tom Wood |

How the "students as customers" attitude and the self-esteem movement undermine good education.

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Slouching Toward the Therapeutic University: Part 1

Mar 30, 2009 by Tom Wood |

In the first of this three-part series, Tom Wood contrasts self-alienation and student-centered pedagogy.

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HERI’s American College Teacher: Is It All in the Eyes of the Spinmeisters?

Mar 16, 2009 by Tom Wood |

Be wary of HERI; its survey conclusions can be deceiving.

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Charles Murray and Progressive Education-Part 3

Mar 11, 2009 by Tom Wood |

In the conclusion of this three-part series, Tom Wood discovers an unexpected affinity beteen Charles Murray and the "progressive" educators.

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