Curriculum

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The Sustainability Inquisition

Nov 10, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Colleges and universities are now assessing faculty members' work in and commitment to sustainability.

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What’s the Metric, Kenneth?

Oct 29, 2010 by David Clemens |

Clare Cavanagh was in town last week for our colloquium on “Imaginative Freedom and Political Freedom.”  A celebrated translator, Clare is also the author of Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics (2010) in which she… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

NYT Debate: Do Colleges Need French Departments?

Oct 18, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

In light of SUNY-Albany's cuts to its foreign language programs, the New York Times asked eight higher ed experts, "Do colleges need French departments?" Heres a takeaway sentence from each one. (See also this SUNY-Albany… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Texas Blazes the Transparency Trail

Oct 08, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Texan professors who thrive on taxpayer funding are irate about a state law that requires them to make course content clear to students before the latter are, as Accuracy in Academia labels… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Newsflash: MSN Cites “Weird” College Courses

Sep 13, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

This just in from the MSN homepage, where there's a piece advising parents of prospective college students to check out what their hefty tuition buys them these days. The "weird" offerings include courses on dancing in laundromats… Continue Reading | 2 Comments >

“I Regret Taking Gender Studies Courses”...No Comment

Sep 10, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

An NYU gender studies grad wishes she'd taken politics, history, and literature courses, and learned "more about the world in general, rather than one tiny little sliver of the world." She now realizes, "There

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A Course on Zombie Literature

Sep 07, 2010 by George Leef |

No, this isn't from The Onion -- a college course on zombie literature.

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Higher Education? - A Devastating Critique of American Higher Ed

Aug 25, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, I review Higher Education? by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus. The book has been getting a great deal of attention -- and deserves it. To put the authors' case in a nutshell,… Continue Reading | 2 Comments >

Ben Wildavsky’s Book on the Globalization of Higher Ed

Jul 14, 2010 by George Leef |

 That's the subject of my Clarion Call today. I like some aspects of the book. Best of all is Wildavsky's argument that we should abandon educational mercantilism -- the notion that nations have to compete to be tops… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Eight Students Provide a Glimpse Inside Real Campus Life

May 18, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

How does traditional American culture and Western civilization fare on your campus? What are some of the obstacles or difficulties a traditionalist, conservative, or libertarian might find on your campus? What can you tell us about… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Arkansas Toothpick: The Cutting Edge of Academic Reform

May 17, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts, Peter Wood |

To increase graduation rates, Arkansas cuts course requirements.

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Center for the Study of American Ideals and Culture

May 13, 2010 by Daniel Asia |

A project I have been imaging for a long time is now actually a reality. The Center for the Study of American Ideals and Culture has received its first funding, from the new Apgar Foundation. With this first seed money, we can… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

UNC’s “Economic and Social Justice” Minor

May 05, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center Clarion Call, Jay Schalin writes about the "Economic and Social Justice" minor offered at UNC-Chapel Hill. Unfortunately, the minor is the brainchild of a far-left professor who wants to turn out students… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Why Texas Should Revive Western Civ Study

Apr 20, 2010 by Steve Balch |

NAS Chairman Steve Balch urged the Texas House Higher Education Committee to take the lead in reviving the study of Western civilization.

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Letter to Stanford Committee: Vote Against Sustainability in Gen Ed Requirement

Apr 09, 2010 by Peter Wood |

Today NAS president Peter Wood sent a letter to the Stanford University Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy, which is voting on a proposal to make sustainability education part of a requirement for graduation.

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