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The Next Michael Moore?

Oct 04, 2010 by George Leef |

The Chronicle Review has a scurrilous piece by one Charles Ferguson, who is a documentary film director. His targets are 1) Larry Summers; 2) academic economists generally; and 3) anything that suggests the virtue of laissez-faire…

Legacy Preferences Are Bad; So Are Racial Preferences

Oct 04, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, I respond to a recent NYT article by Richard Kahlenberg in which he argues against legacy preferences in college admissions. I think the case  against legacy preferences is sound. I part company…

Opinion vs. Fact in Higher Ed - Are All Opinions Worthy of an Audience?

Oct 01, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Peter Wood takes on this question in "Nouveau Relativism in Academe":

What is the proper status of “opinion” in the university, as opposed to fact, established knowledge, theory, and belief?  …

Tuition Talks and a Voice of Reason at the SC Higher Education Summit

Oct 01, 2010 by Christina Jeffrey |

NAS board member Christina Jeffrey spoke on behalf of the NAS at the Summit. Here's her report on parents' and colleges' frustrations, the state governor's composure, and a bureaucrat's defensiveness.

Fashion and the Oil Spill

Sep 30, 2010 by Peter Wood |

Good news for those who have eagerly awaited academe’s considered responses to last summer’s Gulf oil spill.  And even better news for those who have been eagerly awaiting how the Deepwater Horizon disaster has…

Getting Diversity Right

Sep 30, 2010 by Ashley Thorne, Jason Fertig |

NAS contributing author Jason Fertig rejoiced when he read a student's essay on the meaning of diversity and how it contributes to organizations' success. She wrote that diversity should require "a variety of minds" - regardless…

Thoughts on Campus Bottled Water Bans

Sep 30, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Scott Carlson, a blog author for the Chronicle of Higher Education, has a dogmatic article on college bottled-water bans. Here's the comment I posted on it:

I wrote about the anti-bottled…

On Having the Right Academic Credentials

Sep 30, 2010 by George Leef |

Historian Tom Woods here discusses his kerfuffle with Indiana University when a student group wanted him to speak on his book regarding the recent economic crisis. The university initially said no on the advice of academics who…

“Good Ideas, Bad Ideas” AQ Issue in Print

Sep 30, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

The fall issue of Academic Questions examines both good and bad ideas in higher education, including trimming the glut of academic publishing, merit-based scholarships, teaching ebonics, and disseminating "light and truth."

Collegiate Press Roundup 9-30-10

Sep 30, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

Student journalists this week focus on ill-conceived laws here and abroad, loud music and PBS censorship of Sesame Street.

Beyond Beach Books

Sep 30, 2010 by Peter Wood |

What's next for campus common reading programs?

The College Board Keeps Inflating the Bubble

Sep 29, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, I take a look at "Education Pays 2010," the most recent paper from the College Board's Advocacy and Policy Center. It tries to deflect criticism from those of us who contend that…

Huffington Post Article on NAS’s Recommended Books

Sep 29, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Our book list is featured in a HuffPo slideshow.

Embracing Failure

Sep 28, 2010 by David Clemens |

As the creator of SimCity, The Sims, SimEarth, The Sims online, and Spore, Will Wright is a computer gaming “god.”  In his GameTech 2010 keynote address, Wright offers…

Back from the Beach: Common Reading on the Rise at Top Colleges

Sep 28, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Last week NAS released a new list of books colleges assign as common reading. It includes over 100 additions and updates to the original ("Beach Books"), making it the most comprehensive and current resource on…

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