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Episode #46: Presidential Candidates On Higher Education with Rachelle Peterson

Peter Wood

Rachelle Peterson and Peter Wood discuss where the presidential candidates stand on higher education.

Presidential Candidates on Higher Education

Rachelle Peterson

What do the top contenders for president have to say about higher education? Rachelle breaks down the top five Democratic candidates across ten policy issues. She also includes a section on President Trump's higher education agenda.

Top 2020 Democrats on Higher Education

Rachelle Peterson

The top Democratic presidential candidates' positions on higher education reveal they fail to grasp the fundamental questions of what college is for and why intellectual freedom matters.

Democratic Candidates on Higher Education

Rachelle Peterson

What do the presidential hopefuls have planned for colleges and universities?

A Campus Free Speech Executive Order

Our recommendations for executive action on Free Speech. 

The Dog that Didn’t Bark

Steve Balch

Steve Balch explains that higher education reform under President Trump has a rocky road ahead. 

NAS Responds to DeVos’s Confirmation


The National Association of Scholars comments on Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education.

My Counsel to President-elect Trump on American Higher Education

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood offers the president-elect suggestions for the direction of higher education in the United States.

Congratulations President-Elect Trump


In the aftermath of the 2016 election season, the National Association of Scholars extends its well-wishes to the incoming president.

Election Reflections

Peter Wood

On this election eve, a few of the staff at the National Association of Scholars have written reflections on citizenship in America.

Federalist Universities

Rachelle Peterson

To what extent is the university a microcosm of the political party system?

On Woodrow Wilson: Princeton Students Hold Civil Debate

Russell K. Nieli

A recent campus event was an encouraging sign that respectful dialogue is still possible among Princeton students who disagree. 

Michelle Obama: "Get Thee to College"

Peter Wood

In a striking policy shift, First Lady Michelle Obama is now pushing for more college graduates in the U.S. Peter Wood explains why this idea is misconceived.

Test Your Knowledge: Presidential Education

Rachelle Peterson

How much do you know about America's presidents relative to higher education?

The Youth Vote

Jason Fertig

We know why faculty lean left.  But why do students?

Congratulations President Obama

Peter Wood

NAS wishes President Obama success in helping America better realize its promise of ordered liberty.

Aiming at the Suburbs and Hitting Higher Ed

Peter Wood

A new book describes Obama's anti-suburbs regulations. Peter Wood considers how these regulations may accelerate the bursting of the higher education bubble.

Elvis vs. Julia: A Lesson from the Liberal Arts

David Clemens

We would desire a free life all the more if we really grasped what the liberal arts has to teach.

President Obama's Graduation Delicacies

Daniel Asia

Comments on the President's graduation remarks at Barnard College.

Ask a Scholar: Declining the Second Term

Has there ever been a president who did not run for a second term by choice?

Give It the Old College Try

Richard Vedder

Richard Vedder criticizes low interest student loans, which he says will not be of much benefit to students and will serve to entice people to go to college unnecessarily.

Obama's Higher-Ed Agenda: A Series by Peter Wood

Ashley Thorne

A roundup of the articles in Peter Wood's series "Obama's Higher-Education Agenda"

More Better Citizens: Obama's Higher-Education Agenda, Part 4B of 8

Peter Wood

Peter Wood looks at the ways "diversity," loan forgiveness for public service, the Common Core State Standards, and Obama's earlier involvment with the group Public Allies show the President's overall determination to use higher education as a tool of political ideology.

Better Citizens: Obama’s Higher-Education Agenda, Part 4A of 8

Peter Wood

In the fourth installment of his eight-part series, Peter Wood examines the president’s goal of using American higher education to inculcate progressive political values.

Bell Epoque

Peter Wood

Peter Wood evaluates the reactions to the release of a video evincing Barack Obama's friendship with Dr. Derrick Bell, and he considers whether it matters that the U.S. President was influenced by a scholar who championed critical race theory.

Politics and Presidential Primaries: Students Weigh In

Glenn Ricketts

Student newspaper editors and analysts cover the GOP presidential primaries,  the 2012 election, and how to engage civilly in political controversy.

College for All: Obama's Higher Ed Agenda, Part 3 of 8

Peter Wood

Does higher education provide the only path to financial security, global comptetitiveness, personal fulfillment, and active citizenship?

Rick Santorum Is Right

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reviews the presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s controversial remarks about higher education.

Price Controls: Obama's Higher Ed Agenda, Part 2 of 8

Peter Wood

In the second of an eight-part series, Peter Wood examines the president’s newly announced goal of capping tuition increases via federally imposed price controls.

Supersizing: Obama's Higher Education Agenda, Part 1 of 8

Peter Wood

In the first of an eight-part series, Peter Wood examines the president’s longstanding goal of making America the nation with the highest percentage of college graduates.

Obama's Higher-Ed Agenda

Peter Wood

Peter Wood surveys the Obama administration’s eight-part higher-education agenda.

Obama, Higher-Education Costs, and Student Aid

Richard Vedder

Yes, President Obama is showing concern over rising college costs, but he is failing to look at the dysfunctional system of federal financial assistance, Richard Vedder writes.

Single Payer Lending

Peter Wood

The U.S. Houses passes "direct lending" bill as part of President Obama's plan for higher ed. What does it mean?

A Safer Way to Squander

Ashley Thorne

President Obama announces the American Graduation Initiative, a $12 billion dollar fund for community colleges.