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Overselling Higher Education Gives Us Credential Inflation

Feb 16, 2011 by George Leef |

Today's Wall Street Journal published George Leef's letter:

Soon You Will Need a Master's Degree to Wash Dishes Eric Felten's excellent "Now College Is the Break" (Postmodern Times, Feb. 11) leaves an…

Don’t Miss: “A Conversation with Peter Wood” on February 23

Feb 16, 2011 by |

Next Wednesday NAS president Peter Wood will speak in New York City about anger in America now, drawing on his book A Bee in the Mouth. Hosted by the Institute for American Values, the event is free and refreshments will…

Debunking the Idea that Science Discriminates Against Women

Feb 15, 2011 by George Leef |

Christina Hoff Sommers has a sharp article on NRO, debunking the idea that science discriminates against women. 

What Can We Do About Adrift Students?

Feb 15, 2011 by George Leef |

Jason Fertig has written a thought-provoking piece for NAS on the problem identified by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa in Academically Adrift. He quotes from their conclusion.

They’re Mad as Hell: Grad Students Face Job Market

Feb 15, 2011 by Jonathan Bean |

As the academic job market worsens (was it ever good?), graduate students are angry, according to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Don't expect a protest march in the streets burning Ph.D. gowns, but the blinkered…

Daniel Bell (1919-2011) - An Appreciation

Feb 15, 2011 by Russell K. Nieli |

Russell Nieli offers an appreciation of Daniel Bell, the sociologist who taught us that the modernist elevation of self-expression as a cultural ideal would erode the personal discipline on which capitalism is based.

Teaching Sustainability: Moral Imperatives and Psychotherapy

Feb 15, 2011 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

A webinar on sustainability education counsels participants to use manipulative psychotherapeutic techniques to influence people to act sustainably.

NAS Delaware Affiliate President Jan Blits Receives Academic Freedom Award

Feb 15, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

We congratulate Professor Blits on being honored for his courage in challenging political correctness at the University of Delaware.

The Uselessness of “Student Learning Outcomes”

Feb 14, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

At the Chronicle, April Kelly-Woessner has an incisive piece on outcomes assessment at her university and in higher education at large. She argues that the nation is less concerned about measuring how much students have…

Bloggers Pick Up Peter Wood’s Piven-Beck Article

Feb 14, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

Peter Wood's Chronicle article on the Piven-Beck controversy has been getting a lot of attention from five noteworthy online forums. 

Is There Any Subject that Profs Won’t Turn into an Academic Conference?

Feb 14, 2011 by George Leef |

I suspect the answer to that question is "no." As evidence, I'll point to a conference last fall devoted to the British comedy group Monty Python.

The Principles of Scientific Education Management

Feb 14, 2011 by David Clemens |

The ed-blogosphere overflows with predictions of a “higher education bubble,” but I find no mention of one thing that epitomizes the whole sorry mess:  the Ed.D. For many Ph.Ds, the Ed.D. represents the ticket…

Peter Wood Appears on Inside Academia TV

Feb 14, 2011 by |

This week Peter was a guest in a video interview with Inside Academia in which he spoke about the convergence of campus politicization and the push to put more students through college.

What Can We Do About Adrift Students?

Feb 14, 2011 by Jason Fertig |

So college students aren't learning much. Let's do something to change that, Jason Fertig urges.

How Frances Fox Piven and Glenn Beck Incited Righteous Indignation in the Academy

Feb 11, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

Peter Wood has a column on the Piven-Beck controversy in today's Chronicle. He writes, "Beck’s attention to Piven has driven much of the media interest in the story—but also much of the interest among faculty…

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