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The Resignation of Powers, President of the University of Texas: An Update

Jul 31, 2014 by Publius Audax |

A faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin who previously gave 10 reasons why UT president Bill Powers should step down, recounts recent events leading to Powers' actual resignation.

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Letter to Lamar Alexander

Jul 30, 2014 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood writes to Senator Lamar Alexander about the Office for Civil Rights's efforts to lower standards of due process in cases of alleged sexual assault on campus.

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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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