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Monopoly to Marketplace: Diversifying Higher Ed from Inside and Out

Mar 19, 2010 by Ashley Thorne

NAS is uniquely positioned to influence higher education for the good. As a non-profit organization, we are outside academia, free of its entanglements and able to provide a detached point of view. As a membership association,… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Inviting Intellectual Vice In

Mar 19, 2010 by Ashley Thorne

Our universities should be cultivating intellectual virtue, writes Peter Berkowitz, but instead they are making intellectual corruption easy.

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Since When is “Liberal” a Code Word for the Right Wing?

Mar 19, 2010 by Ashley Thorne

The Wall Street Journal picks up the Shimer College story, in which faculty complain that "liberty" and "liberal" are "code words for the right wing."

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Arab Scholars Speak

Mar 18, 2010 by Peter Wood

An Atlanta conference of the Institute for American Values gathers Middle Eastern intellectuals at the launch of the online journal IjtihadReason.

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Duncan Donuts

Mar 18, 2010 by Ashley Thorne

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan insists that “a college degree is still absolutely worth it.” Is he right?

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Newsletter from BAMN…No Comment

Mar 18, 2010 by Ashley Thorne

The thuggish group calling itself the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) is trying to take down Proposition 209, which bans racial preferences… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Government Higher Ed Takeover Looms, NAS Reports

Mar 17, 2010 by Ashley Thorne

Federal control of the student loan industry could mean serious unintended consequences for the university.

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Virtus from the Ancient Republics to the Postmodern, Part IV

Mar 17, 2010 by George Seaver

To what degree has postmodernism's influence on American education, media, corporations, law, families, and military eroded our concern for public virtue?

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Virtus from the Ancient Republics to the Postmodern, Part III

Mar 16, 2010 by George Seaver

America's animating principle at its founding was virtue; its inhabitants instinctively claim that virtue, appealing to "liberty and justice for all."

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Climategate Deniers

Mar 16, 2010 by Peter Wood

Global warming evangelists use a peculiar form of apologetics to reassure the public that they're still right.

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College Boom…No Comment

Mar 16, 2010 by NAS

From 1973 to 2007, the percentage of students who enroll in college jumped 20%.

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Virtus from the Ancient Republics to the Postmodern, Part II

Mar 15, 2010 by George Seaver

Enlightenment thinkers concluded that the balance of power can recover its stability but that the loss of public virtue occurs slowly and is not recoverable.

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Libel Tourism En Vacances

Mar 15, 2010 by Peter Wood

A French court puts an American editor on trial over a German book review that offended an Israeli scholar. Hmm...

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Obama Loans, Who Collects? The Not-so-Hidden Dangers of Federal Direct Student Lending

Mar 15, 2010 by Peter Wood

Peter Wood paints a picture of what federal control of higher education could look like in practice.

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Virtus from the Ancient Republics to the Postmodern, Part I

Mar 12, 2010 by George Seaver

Public virtue in the ancient republics meant moral excellence necessary for political stability and achievement in government.

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