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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…

Penn State Censors Criticism of Islamic Extremism

Sep 28, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

From the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education:

A new short film by FIRE documents the experience of Penn State student artist Joshua Stulman, whose "Portraits of Terror" art exhibit was censored…

Mandatory Rape Lecture for Male Freshmen at Hamilton College

Sep 28, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Male freshmen will be instructed tonight by "a national leader in social justice and sustainability education."

A Variety of…Minds? One Student Gets Diversity Right

Sep 27, 2010 by Jason Fertig |

An unorthodox response to the essay question "What is the definition of diversity?"

Nouveau Relativism in Academe

Sep 27, 2010 by Peter Wood |

Further thoughts on the AAC&U’s praise of ‘perspective-taking.’

Lumina Foundation Pushes a Higher Ed Great Leap Forward

Sep 24, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Another report out this week is the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation's 116-page account of how far the U.S. must go to meet the Foundation's goal of "increasing the proportion of American adults with a college degree…

College Board Reports, “Education Pays,” But Others Aren’t Convinced

Sep 24, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

This week the Chronicle of Higher Education reports a new study by the College Board that offers evidence that the more educated you are, the more money you're likely to earn over a lifetime. Quoted in the article…

Will the Diversity Mania Ever End?

Sep 24, 2010 by George Leef |

Maybe, but it's still growing like mad. Consider John Rosenberg's new essay on Minding the Campus, on the efforts college administrators are making to solve the supposed problem of insufficient diversity in study-abroad…

Common Reading on the Rise at Top Colleges

Sep 24, 2010 by |

The NAS's new report shows that 93% of top national universities have common reading programs.

Back from the Beach: 100 New Books

Sep 24, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS's updated database is the most reliable and current resource on American college common reading.

Collegiate Press Roundup 9-23-10

Sep 23, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

Student journalists assess the war in Afghanistan, gender inclusive dorms and the cold reality of a college education.

Making a Profit Doesn’t Make You a Villain

Sep 22, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center Clarion Call, Hillsdale economics professor Gary Wolfram discusses the recent study on for-profit higher education published by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. He finds that the…

PC Zombie

Sep 22, 2010 by David Clemens |

Former student “Lamar” transferred to a University of California campus this semester and was surprised to find himself ordered to attend two mandatory “workshops,” one on alcohol abuse and the other on…

New Series on Common Reading at

Sep 21, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

To make it easier for our readers to find our work on college common reading, we created a new article series on the NAS website, You can find these articles by going to the…

Ask a Scholar: What Does YHWH Elohim Mean?

Sep 21, 2010 by Mark D. Futato |

A reader asks, "If Elohim refers to multiple 'gods,' then Yhwh Elohim really means Lord of Gods...the one of many, right?" A Hebrew expert answers.

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