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July 3, 2014

How America's Colleges Compare Internationally

Ashley Thorne

Americans tend to see U.S. colleges and universities through rose-colored glasses while bemoaning the state of our schools. Kevin Carey writes that higher education isn't doing any better than ele...

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February 8, 2012

Overinvesting in Higher Ed

Richard Vedder

Should nearly everyone go to college? No, says Richard Vedder.

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August 18, 2011

Sorry, Governor -- That Won't Help

George Leef

Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas wants to see the his state’s universities improve in the U.S. News rankings. 

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August 3, 2011

Admissions Insanity

John C. Chalberg

Historian John C. Chalberg reviews Andrew Ferguson's Crazy U, and concludes that the title has some merit.

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July 27, 2010

Reaching for the STARS

Ashley Thorne

Sustainability assessment on campus says a lot about the larger movement's need to count points.

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July 13, 2010

Potemkin Admissions: Law Professors Propose to Hide LSAT Data

George W. Dent

A movement is afoot to persuade law schools to withhold LSAT scores from U.S. News and World Report. The idea is to make it harder for the public to see how much the pursuit of racial preferences dr...

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October 21, 2009

Higher Education And The Great Chain of Being

Mitchell Langbert

In the twentieth century, psychologists who studied  human resource management  realized that employment tests were the best way to select  job applicants.  Tests need to be veri...

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July 28, 2009

Outranked

Peter Wood

Why do American universities dominate the worldwide rankings for top research institutions? And why are European academics so worried about it?

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