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Have a Question Wikipedia Can’t Answer?

Aug 04, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Then ask a scholar! “Ask a Scholar” matches readers’ questions to scholars who have the answers.  Submit questions by email or via Intellectual Takeout's Ask the Professor feature.…

Another Higher Ed Establishment Paper Fails to Make Its Case

Aug 04, 2010 by George Leef |

The paper in question is the latest from the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce and the case, naturally, is that America needs to get lots more people through college or else the economy will suffer from a shortage…

Esposito Gets ‘Zero’ for See-No-Evil Defense of Ground Zero Mosque

Aug 04, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Stephen Schwartz demolishes the claim by Georgetown Professor John L. Esposito that criticism of the mosque project amounts to "Islam-bashing charges leveled with no concrete evidence by pundits and politicians." Esposito,…

Tenure and the Cost of Professors: The Production Perspective

Aug 04, 2010 by Bruce Heiden |

The death of tenure would mean the supply of high quality faculty members would shrink, argues Bruce Heiden.

Ask a Scholar: What Caused the Oil Spill?

Aug 03, 2010 by Indrek Wichman |

A reader asks, "What caused the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?" An expert in mechanical engineering answers.

Sustainability News 8-3-10

Aug 03, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

This edition of sustainability-in-higher-ed news includes the University of Toledo’s new curricular residence life programs in sustainability; UNC’s workshop to help participants explore oppression and injustice; the…

Freshman Comp Ain’t What She Used to Be

Aug 02, 2010 by George Leef |

We hear a lot of chatter about how it's so vital that we get more young Americans through college because college teaches them the "higher skills" that the globalized "knowledge economy" demands. I think that's baloney.…

Who Should Be a Doctor?

Aug 02, 2010 by George Leef |

Medical school admissions people apparently think that medical training has been going too much toward students with demonstrated aptitude in science and the nation would be better served if more medical students were chosen on…

Billionaires Back Free Textbooks

Aug 02, 2010 by Jonathan Bean |

In 2009, I blogged on the budding movement for open-source and commercially free textbooks coming on the market. The latter vendors often hope to make money by charging for the printing of online texts. The movement has moved ahead…

People Need Skills; College Degrees Aren’t the Same Thing

Aug 02, 2010 by George Leef |

Blogging at Harvard Business Review, Michael Schrage makes a strong case that higher education has been oversold. What people need to succeed are skills and college is neither necessary nor sufficient for that. He calls higher…

Back on Track: U Illinois Reinstates Catholic Prof

Aug 02, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

The University of Illinois has restored Professor Kenneth Howell to his position after dismissing him for an email he sent discussing Catholic teaching on homosexuality and natural law.

From Trappist Monks to Abercrombie & Fitch: Silence and Noise in America

Aug 02, 2010 by Peter Wood |

NAS president Peter Wood gives a book on noise a hearing.

U of Illinois Reinstates Sacked Religion Professor

Jul 30, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

It's nice to be able to end the week on an upbeat note: the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign announced yesterdy that it has reinstated adjunct reilgious studies professor Kenneth Howell (read about it here in CHE).…

Why Make Life Miserable for Proprietary Higher Ed?

Jul 30, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Richard Bishirjian, president and founder of Yorktown University, writes about the Obama administration's moves that have a strong negative impact on for-profit higher education. The president…

Climate Change: MIT Point Counter-Point

Jul 30, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

MIT climatologists (and friends) Richard Lindzen and Kerry Emanuel emphatically disagree on global warming.

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