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Too Little, Too Late

Sep 20, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Wellesley, Mass.'s head of schools has publicly apologized after learning middle schoolers participated in a Muslim prayer service during a field trip last spring. During the outing the students visited the…

CUNY Affiliate Urges Common Reading Transparency

Sep 20, 2010 by Dorothy Lang |

The CUNY Association of Scholars gives Brooklyn College three recommendations for improving its freshman book assignment.

Better Books for Next Year’s Beaches

Sep 17, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Remember the Beach Books report on common reading programs? It showed that U.S. colleges and universities are generally picking lightweight, politically biased books as yearlong "theme" books for students. This morning NAS released…

Scholars Pick Must-Reads for Undergrads

Sep 17, 2010 by |

The NAS released a list of books it recommends for college

A Call for Open-Mindedness or a Culture War Maneuver?

Sep 17, 2010 by Peter Wood |

The AAC&U's new report, "Engaging Diverse Viewpoints," styles itself as an appeal for intellectual diversity but is full of politically correct buzzwords.

Read These Instead: Better Books for Next Year’s Beaches

Sep 17, 2010 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

NAS's picks for college common reading programs.

Preserving Newman’s Legacy

Sep 16, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

The Cardinal Newman Society has officially launched an ambitious, multi-faceted new "legacy" project to help preserve more than 10,000 manuscripts handwritten by the 19th-century theologian John Henry Cardinal Newman…

Collegiate Press Roundup 9-16-10

Sep 16, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

This week, student op-ed writers look at campus hand gun policies, sex at school and bad language at football games.

Higher Education’s Obesity Problem: Administrative Bloat

Sep 15, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center Clarion Call, I write about the recent study released by the Goldwater Institute on administrative bloat in higher education. Almost everyone laments the increasing cost of going to college, but they…

A Not-So-Bold Plan

Sep 15, 2010 by Jason Fertig |

A new book by Mark Taylor, Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities, recycles some familiar ideas.

Spending Too Much on Too Little: Peter Wood Assesses the Bubble

Sep 14, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Higher education could be the next bubble to burst, many commentators have observed. It has all the symptoms of the housing bubble, and once enough people realize they are paying too much for too little, they'll go elsewhere,…

Fixing America One Treadmill at a Time

Sep 14, 2010 by Peter Wood |

These liberal arts professors have some strange ideas on how to change the world.

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…

What Has Become of Freshman Comp?

Sep 13, 2010 by George Leef |

That is the question Professor Robert V. Young of North Carolina State answers in this Pope Center piece we released last week. Back when he taught the course in the 1970s, it was like boot camp for college students who needed to…

The Bubble: Higher Education’s Precarious Hold on Consumer Confidence

Sep 13, 2010 by Peter Wood |

Once enough people realize they are paying too much for too little, they'll go elsewhere, and the giant college industry will collapse. The tipping point is coming, and the status quo is getting harder to defend.

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