Educated opinion and commentary on developments and trends in higher education

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Should You Avoid Ivy League Schools?

Jul 29, 2014 by Peter Wood

Peter Wood responds to William Deresiewicz's provocative New Republic piece, "Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League."

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Building a Community?

Jul 21, 2014 by Anthony Esolen

Anthony Esolen, Professor of English at Providence College and translator of classic works, discusses how a classical common core promotes intellectual life, communion, and wonder. 

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MOOCs vs. HCOCs (Higher Cost Online Courses)

Jul 16, 2014 by Richard J. Bishirjian

Dr. Richard Bishirjian, president of online liberal arts college Yorktown University, writes on the Majorly Obnoxious Operative Costs of MOOCs.

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Integrity and Objectivity: The Shaken Pillars of Environmental Science

Jul 10, 2014 by Rachelle DeJong

Rachelle DeJong writes on the compromised peer review process used by the EPA.

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Update on AP U.S. History

Jul 10, 2014 by Peter Wood

Peter Wood reports new developments in the quiet unveiling of the revised Advanced Placement course in American history. 

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Look What the College Board Has Done to U.S. History

Jul 07, 2014 by Peter Wood

Peter Wood comments on the College Board's release of its new AP U.S. History curriculum.

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Bowdoin Told Us to Go: The Narrow Doors of Campus Access

Jul 03, 2014 by Robert B. Gregory

Robert Gregory and his wife are volunteer advisors for Bowdoin Christian Fellowship, but the college will no longer let them proclaim their beliefs.

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University Should Never Be a “Safe Space”

Jul 03, 2014 by Christopher Beckett

University of Liverpool student Christopher Beckett observes how an obsession with safety has undermined academic freedom in UK universities.

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An Open Letter to Swarthmore’s Board of Managers

Jul 02, 2014 by Peter Berkowitz

NAS board member Peter Berkowitz reflects on Swarthmore President Rebecca Chopp's departure from Swarthmore.

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The New AP History: A Preliminary Report

Jul 01, 2014 by Peter Wood

In this preliminary report, NAS president Peter Wood analyzes in detail the new AP United States history course.

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Climate Reparations—A New Demand

Jul 01, 2014 by Peter Wood

Protesters are demanding "reparations" for the damage caused by the use of fossil fuels in the developing world.

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What We’re Reading: NAS Goes to the Beach 2014

Jun 30, 2014 by NAS

Members of the NAS staff share their summer reading lists and offer book recommendations.

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Why Brooklyn College Business Dean “Cut Bait” on Koch Proposal

Jun 27, 2014 by Ashley Thorne

The Brooklyn College business school dean refused to approve a grant proposal drafted by Mitchell Langbert.

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Why Conservative Colleges Should Go Online

Jun 26, 2014 by Richard J. Bishirjian

In America there are few colleges offering what may be called a “conservative” education. Richard Bishirjian urges them to expand, create urban satellites, and embrace new technology.

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Eh? The Rise of the Environmental Humanities Movement

Jun 20, 2014 by Peter Wood, Rachelle DeJong

Environmental Humanities, a new academic sub-division of the sustainability movement, encourages scholars in all disciplines to fight climate change.

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