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Many College Students Learn Little

Jan 18, 2011 by George Leef |

So says this USA Today article, reporting on the findings of a recent book entitled Academically Adrift. No surprise here. 

How Writing a Sonnet Helps Students Learn English

Jan 18, 2011 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Troy Camplin explains the benefits of giving students a seemingly outmoded and irrelevant writing assignment -- composing a sonnet. 

Sustainability as Conservative Ideology

Jan 18, 2011 by Mitchell Langbert |

Environmentalist ideology in the guise of sustainability is everywhere. It is pap. The words sustainability, conservation and conservatism are linked. They suggest protection of the status quo. Until the Progressive era Americans…

The Folly of Team Projects

Jan 18, 2011 by Jason Fertig |

Stick to individual assignments, counsels Jason Fertig. Group work often produces shoddy results and unfair grades, and rarely does it create "synergy."

For-Profits Break the Monopoly on What a College Can Be

Jan 18, 2011 by Peter Wood |

In the final piece of his four-part series, Peter Wood argues that the United States needs the versatility that the for-profit sector provides.

Examining For-Profits and Cost Structure

Jan 18, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Continuing his series on for-profit colleges, Peter Wood sees an advantage in their pared-down offerings in the context of spiraling higher-education costs.

Second Guesses in Tucson

Jan 17, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

There's a piece in today's Inside Higher Education raising the question of whether more could have been done to prevent the recent shooting rampage in Arizona, that left six dead. In my experience, not untypical of community…

Duke Gang of 88 Member to NEH

Jan 14, 2011 by George Leef |

A Pope Center piece tells of President Obama's appointing Duke professor Cathy Davidson, a "Gang of 88" member who was champing at the bit to have the accused lacrosse players punished for a crime that didn't happen, to…

Collegiate Press Roundup

Jan 14, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

In this week's roundup, student newshawks ruminate on marriage equality, expurgated literary classics and presidential memoirs.

For-Profit Colleges on the Brink, Part 2

Jan 14, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood continues his series examining the case for preserving for-profits.

MLA Lingo Bingo

Jan 13, 2011 by David Clemens |

I tried, but it is nearly impossible to parody the Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention’s yearly orgy of political correctness, anti-capitalism, and Theory, just concluded in Los Angeles.  

Political Correctness Being Replaced by Vapid “Scholasticism”

Jan 13, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

In an article on Minding the Campus, Mary Grabar cites a recent article from NAS's journal Academic Questions, "The Other Danger...Scholasticism in Academic Research." 

For-Profit Colleges on the Brink

Jan 13, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood reviews the Obama administration’s assault on for-profit colleges in the first of a series.

Series Asks “Should Liberal Arts Supporters Care About For-Profit Ed?”

Jan 12, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS president Peter Wood has written a four-part series considering the value of the for-profit higher education sector, and whether those who care about the liberal arts should also care about the fate of this besieged sector.…

A Comment on My “Dumbing Down” Piece

Jan 12, 2011 by George Leef |

Annonymous Comment: In order to obtain my "Professional License" in order to be allowed to keep teaching, I have to take a bunch of inane Graduate Ed School classes.  In order to pay for those classes, I have to take on a…

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