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Berkeley and Barriers

Nov 02, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

A reader commenting on my post "Teaching Can Be Dangerous" wrote:

Speaking of politicization, I have a friend who is applying to a PhD program at Berkeley. He sent me the “personal history statement”… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Boutique Colleges Can Thrive

Nov 02, 2009 by George Leef |

My Pope Center colleague Jay Schalin writes here about the difficulties that very small colleges face, but also their prospects for success at filling a niche in the vast educational marketplace.

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Remapping Geography

Nov 02, 2009 by Jim Norwine , Jonathan Smith |

This article by Jonathan M. Smith and Jim Norwine on the state of academic geography appeared in the "Academic Revisionism" issue of Academic Questions (vol. 22, no. 4).

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Illinois Fails ACTA Report Card

Oct 30, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has released a report card on public higher education in the state of Illinois. According to the ACTA press release:

The report card, entitled For the People, surveys… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Teaching Can Be Dangerous

Oct 30, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

Cross-posted from NAS.org, "An Unsuccessful Education Can Ruin You": The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article, "Course Reminds Budding Ph.D.'s of the Damage They Can Do," about a seminar taught at the… Continue Reading | 5 Comments >

Debate: Operation U Reform

Oct 30, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

Check out Peter Wood's response to Robert Weissberg's Minding the Campus article, "Rescuing the University."  The debate was also linked on Instapundit.

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“An Unsuccessful Education Can Ruin You”

Oct 30, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

A CUNY graduate professor teaches education ethics; his students discuss the meaning of academic freedom and the question of university neutrality. Now if only all faculty members and administrators took this course...

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Responding to Weissberg

Oct 29, 2009 by Peter Wood |

NAS president Peter Wood has published a response to Robert Weissberg's "Rescuing the University." His response may be found at Minding the Campus.

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UNC Radicals Intolerant of Free Speech by Others

Oct 28, 2009 by George Leef |

One day last April, most of the copies of the UNC conservative publication Carolina Journal were stolen. Who dunnit? No evidence was at hand and the matter was forgotten -- until the school's SDS chapter posted some… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

The “Diversity Religion” at Virginia Tech

Oct 28, 2009 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, Carey Stronach, president of the Virginia Association of Scholars, explains why the crusade for "diversity" by the administration at Virginia Tech is unacceptable to scholars. Academic… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Academic Freedom and Advocacy

Oct 28, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

Over at NAS.org, we've got a nice debate going between NAS and University of Alaska Professor Richard Steiner. After I wrote about him in "Sustainability Skepticism Has Arrived," I contacted Professor Steiner to let… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Arizona Scholars Host Ward Connerly; “Alianza” Prepares Protest

Oct 28, 2009 by Daniel Asia |

So,  for the first event of the Arizona Association of Scholars, Ward Connerly will be our guest.  Being a strong believer in open dialogue I forwarded a press release to many student organizations on campus. Here is… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Do We Need to Put More People Through College?

Oct 28, 2009 by George Leef |

Last Thursday, NRO published an article that took me aback, "Send More Students to College" by Marcus Winters of the Manhattan Institute. I have been arguing for years that we have oversold higher education and was surprised to… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Sisyphus and Higher Education

Oct 28, 2009 by Jonathan Bean, Robert Weissberg |

Those of us laboring for academic reform often feel like Sisyphus, rolling a rock up the hill only to have it come crashing down again. The gods of academe seem to have condemned higher education to inevitable decay. That thought… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Intellectual Diversity or Nonsense?

Oct 28, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

"Our classroom has become an arena for the free exchange of ideas in which everyone's opinion is welcomed and respected." But should everyone's opinion be welcomed and respected? Is that what intellectual diversity means?

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