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Just Drop Out of ‘Race to the Top’

Apr 19, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Andy Wolf, always an astute observer of New York's educational scene, advises the state's officials not to submit an application in the next round of "Race to the Top" competition for federal cash. Showering public schools… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Commenters Weigh in on New Duke Sex Misconduct Policy

Apr 16, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

If you're feeling confused about the boundaries of sexual conduct on campus these days, that's more than understandable. In February, you'll recall, we noted here the observance of Yale's freewheeling, everything… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

No, Chicken Little

Apr 16, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

The budget crunch need not cause the sky to fall on campuses, writes Herb London. High time, he says, that higher education institutions adapt -- by adopting innovative approaches to financing and imparting knowledge to students,… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

LSU Professor Stabbed in Back for Insisting on High Standards

Apr 15, 2010 by George Leef |

Inside Higher Ed today has a revealing story about grading and academic standards. Louisiana State has removed a professor who insisted on a rigorous approach to her introductory biology class at the Baton Rouge campus. She gave… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Re: Bologna Process

Apr 15, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

George Leef highlighted his Pope Center article analyzing the Bologna Process, an effort to standardize European higher education requirements and make it easier for students to transfer to universities in other EU countries. Many… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >


Apr 15, 2010 by David Clemens |

The shape of satire is circular; what a satire mocks can never be shown as improving because satire’s aim is to expose, ridicule, and thereby correct, similar folly in reality.  Nothing changes in Gulliver’s Travels… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Is “The Bologna Process” Just a Lot of…?

Apr 14, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Clarion Call, I write about the recent book The Challenge of Bologna, which argues that the European higher education reform process poses a serious challenge that the US needs to meet. I don't agree. This… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Unions Coddle New York’s Academics

Apr 14, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Forget that taxpayers are being crushed by reckless government spending. Forget, for example in New York State, that they are being ground under by  a $9.2 billion budget deficit for the newly begun fiscal year. As the AAUP… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Former NAS Board Member Quoted in WSJ on Katyn Forest Massacre

Apr 13, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Adam Scrupski, a former board member of the NAS, is quoted in today's Wall Street Journal in the article "The Fog Over Katyn Forest" by Bret Stephens. Stephens quotes a blog post by Scrupski for the National Association… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Sustainability Report

Apr 12, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS had a quite a sustainability week; most notably, we got word that Stanford was voting on a proposal to make sustainability education a requirement for graduation. We wrote to the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

The Radical Roots of Campus Protests

Apr 09, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Fighting tuition increases is the innocent face of radical activism on campus. While the mainstream media reports that students are meekly rallying over the cost of college, Jay Schalin shows the dark side of recent campus protests,… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Oh the Things You Can Learn at a Teacher Conference!

Apr 09, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Mary Grabar writes about her experience at a teacher conference in Georgia. Such conferences are not about mundane pedagogical matters like how best to teach arithmetic or to write good paragraphs.… Continue Reading | 2 Comments >

Duke’s Sexual Misconduct Rules Make Students ‘Unwitting Rapists’

Apr 08, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Duke University, according to FIRE, has adopted a new "sexual misconduct" policy that can find a student guilty of non-consensual sex merely because he or she is considered "powerful" on… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Affirmative Action Grasping at Straws

Apr 08, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, Martin Morse Wooster contributes a critical review of the recent book purporting to defend "affirmative action" in college admissions, No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal by Thomas Espenshade… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Technology in the Classroom: Help or Hindrance?

Apr 07, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Jessica Custer of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW) has an article at NAS.org with six considerations/questions that our expanded use of technology in the classroom raises: 1. Online searching may provide an immediate answer… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

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