At last it's April. For some of us, it seemed that spring would never come. At NAS, however, we took advantage of the dreary months to bring you a continual supply of new articles and commentary on happenings in higher education. Some of the essays that drew the most attention were "Hookup Ink" (from Academic Questions), "Free to Agree," "Update on UW Fox Dean's Blog," and "Charles Murray and Progressive Education."
Here is a scrapbook of sorts to commemorate some of the highlights of our winter articles. We invite you to browse and enjoy.
11/20/08 By Peter Wood and Ashley Thorne
A professor who publicized names of plagiarizing students in his course was fired from Texas A&M International University. Many see the incident as a discouragement to faculty to report academic dishonesty.
11/26/08 By NAS Staff
We urge a regional accreditor to ensure that Santa Rosa Junior College abandons racial preferences.
12/02/08 By Ashley Thorne
Lessons from the “educational” board game
12/03/08 By Peter Wood
NAS pays homage to an inventor
12/15/08 By Peter Wood and Ashley Thorne
The College Board recently unveiled a new goal for America - that by the year 2025, 55% of Americans should have a college degree. But is that achievement the right solution to save America's place in international competition?
12/18/08 By Ashley Thorne
Not even the hard sciences are safe from Leftist ideology.
12/19/08 By Tom Wood
There's new evidence that B.A. degrees have economic, non-economic, and even educational value.
01/12/09 By Peter Wood
Peter Wood, who became president of the National Association of Scholars at the beginning of this year, presented this speech in honor of Steve Balch, NAS's founder and its president for nearly 22 years. This tribute was given on January 9, 2009, during the NAS national conference in Washington, D.C.
01/16/09 By Ashley Thorne
Does the AAUP really oppose speech codes?
Civilization and the Spirit of Scholarship: On the Continuing Need for the NAS
By Peter Wood
Part I: Genuine Academic Freedom 01/22/09
Part II: A Dissenting Voice 02/11/09
01/26/09 By Peter Wood
Shock and awe come to the university.
01/30/09 By Peter Wood
“Higher education is transitioning from literacy to electracy.”
02/03/09 By Peter Wood
A call for financial accountability in higher education
02/05/09 By Ashley Thorne
The Salem campus of SNHU remembers why we go to college in the first place.
Update on UW Fox Dean's Blog
02/11/09 By Ashley Thorne
The votes are in! This is a story of a university administrator who wrongly assumed that his political posturing would be met with widespread approbation.
02/12/09 By Ashley Thorne and Peter Wood
How the sustainability movement self-reproduces
02/13/09 By Russell K. Nieli, Academic Questions
A review of the book The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies.
02/17/09 By Wendy Shalit, Academic Questions
A review of three books on the campus hookup culture.
02/18/09 By Peter Wood
For instance, according to Barbara Applebaum, it's appropriate to teach for social justice "under conditions of systemic injustice."
02/19/09 By Ashley Thorne
Queen's College terminated its Intergroup Dialogue program when it was found to invite conversation-policing.
02/23/09 By Tom Wood
With its excitement and passion in intellectual life, perhaps it was the Golden Age of the American university.
02/23/09 By Peter Wood
02/25/09 By Tom Abeles, Jerry Reedy, Peter Wood, Paula Ruddy, and Larry Purdy
Continuing discussion prompted by an NAS article on social justice and education.
Academic Freedom is a Public Trust
03/03/09 By Steve Balch
Steve Balch calls for public vigilence against abuses of academic freedom. Here are his remarks on accepting the Jeane Jordon Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award from the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
21st Century Ignorance
03/04/09 By Peter Wood
A new dictionary of educational lingo misses the latest fad: "21st century skills."
Charles Murray and Progressive Education
03/09/09 By Tom Wood
On doubting the liberal arts and learning transfer
03/11/09 By Peter Wood
Higher education needs to spend many unbudgeted billions by the end of this month. Will you help?
03/17/09 By Peter Wood
Virginia Tech’s dossier of doom
03/19/09 By Glenn Ricketts and Peter Wood
NAS invites scholars to debate President Obama's decision to revoke the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
03/19/09 By Greg Lukianoff
Remarks by the FIRE president at the January NAS national conference: the state of free speech and civil liberties on campus.
03/19/09 By Peter Wood
Hangry, Scalia at Amherst, medical school match day, Lucy, and critical play
03/20/09 By Ashley Thorne
DiversityInc ratings, Residence life video, Affirmative action in California, Students "feel empty" and look to Great Books, Peter Wood in Inside Higher Ed, Is the internet stupefying students?, Letter to Obama: lose "achievement" and "rigor," Best surfing colleges
03/24/09 By Jim Norwine
Announcement: proposed new group of academic geographers dedicated to inquiry and "the whole range of human values."
03/26/09 By Ashley Thorne
FIRE, student paper, CHE, and John K. Wilson weigh in on Virginia Tech diversity requirements for promotion and tenure.
03/26/09 By Peter Wood
OSU’s provost has preferences
03/26/09 By Larry Purdy
A response to the Chronicle of Higher Education article “Affirmative-Action Programs for Minority Students: Right in Theory, Wrong in Practice.”
Slouching Toward the Therapeutic University
By Tom Wood
Why self-alienation is a good thing in education
Part 1 03/30/09
Part 2 03/31/09
Part 3 04/01/09