Mission of Higher Education

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The Liberal Arts as Conversation

Jun 04, 2015 by Jack Kerwick |

Philosophy professor Jack Kerwick writes that the purpose of education is not traditionalism, careerism, or activism, but what he calls "conversationalism."

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Education: That a Republic Is Only One Generation Old

Feb 25, 2015 by George Seaver |

An argument for why the part of education that is civic virtue, as seen throughout history, is essential to the survival of a republic.

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Is ‘Get a Job’ the Purpose of College?

Feb 10, 2015 by Peter Wood |

Governor Scott Walker's call for changes at the University of Wisconsin, which initially included major revisions to the school's mission statement, reveal a fundamental shift in the purpose of 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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Indignation: Abusing the Language of Dignity

Feb 18, 2014 by Peter Wood |

The latest buzzword of the academic left is the nebulous term, "dignity."

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Democratic Engagement and Governance: Part II

Nov 29, 2012 by William H. Young |

William Young concludes an examination of the unfolding civic engagement initiatives by higher educational institutions.

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What STEM Can’t Do

Sep 22, 2012 by David Clemens |

A story of pets and furry friends exemplifies how a science and math core overlooks a large portion of the human experience.

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Advice for a Young Scholar

Aug 02, 2012 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, Professor David Clemens shares a letter he wrote to a student of his who wants to enter the professorial ranks… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

President Obama’s Graduation Delicacies

May 18, 2012 by Daniel Asia |

Comments on the President's graduation remarks at Barnard College.

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Higher Ed and Plato’s Cave

Mar 14, 2012 by George Leef |

American higher ed is like Plato's parable of the cave.

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Sustainability News

Dec 14, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

Researchers determine that sustainability is now a science; Occupy Wall Street's sustainability committee plays house; Harvard looks to hire someone who can "cultivate an understanding of food"; and a debate asks whether the… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Debate: Does the Sustainability Movement Belong on Campus?

Nov 04, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

At Bloomberg Businessweek, Ashley Thorne and Paul Rowland debate: The campus sustainability movement subtracts from the better purposes of higher education. Pro or con?

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Video: Naomi Schaefer Riley on Colleges in the Prestige (Not Teaching) Business

Aug 23, 2011 by |

Tenure and a heavy emphasis on research over teaching are among the factors that dilute contemporary higher education, says Naomi Schaefer Riley.

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Keep the Critique Coming: Why Teacher Preparation Deserves the Spotlight

Aug 16, 2011 by Nicholas J. Shudak |

As education associations debate how and whether it's possible to measure the efficacy of the student teaching experience, a professor of teacher education argues that Americans must always be striving for educational reform.

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Investing in Debt

Aug 12, 2011 by Peter Wood |

NAS President Peter Wood analyzes the burgeoning problem of post-graduation student debt.

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