George Leef

Director of Research, John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

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Oh, But There IS a Debate Over That!

Feb 17, 2011 by George Leef |

Inside Higher Ed ran a story  on an AEI conference where the subject was the “completion agenda.” That is, do we really need to get lots more young people into and through college as Obama says we should?…

Yes, It Is Time for Complacency on Racial Diversity

Feb 16, 2011 by George Leef |

The Chronicle has an article by Arthur Coleman and Scott Palmer (both lawyers who worked in the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights) entitled "No Time for Complacency on Racial Diversity." George Leef…

Could the UNC System Do Without Diversity Offices?

Feb 16, 2011 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, Duke Cheston looks at the numerous diversity offices throughout the UNC System. College campuses would still be highly diverse if we stopped trying to increase the percentages…

A Comment on My WSJ Letter

Feb 16, 2011 by George Leef |

A reader  sent me an email about my letter in the Wall Street Journal on the inflation of job qualifications.

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…

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.

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.

Alternatives to College?

Feb 11, 2011 by George Leef |

James Altucher suggests eight.

Higher Ed Reform Calls for More than “Perestroika”

Feb 09, 2011 by George Leef |

In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, I review Professor Robert Zemsky’s book Making Reform Work

Egypt: Oversold Higher Education Boomerangs

Feb 07, 2011 by George Leef |

In today’s Pope Center Clarion Call, Dr. Troy Camplin observes that the center of gravity for the rebellion in Egypt seems to be un- and under-employed college graduates. The Egyptian government concluded that having a large…

Higher Education: Public Good or Public Bad?

Feb 03, 2011 by George Leef |

In this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, Jane Shaw considers the question whether higher education is a “public good.” In economics parlance, public goods are goods that the free market either would not produce…

Rich Vedder on Academically Adrift

Feb 01, 2011 by George Leef |

Rich Vedder has an essay today on Minding the Campus in which he discusses the “sniping” at that most inconvenient book (inconvenient for the higher education establishment, anyway) Academically Adrift. His…

Another Dissent from the “Higher Education for Everyone!” Line

Jan 31, 2011 by George Leef |

By and large, until say, 1945, the expansion [of education] was fairly harmless. Unfortunately, however, there came to be established the misconception that being in school was the only appropriate was of being educated. Now, the…

“Interdisciplinary Studies”—It Shouldn’t Be a Joke, But Is

Jan 31, 2011 by George Leef |

In today’s Pope Center piece, Troy Camplin discusses that strange campus phenomenon known as “Interdisciplinary Studies.” He argues that this could and indeed should be a serious field of study, pointing to a…

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