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Thoughts on Campus Bottled Water Bans

Sep 30, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Scott Carlson, a blog author for the Chronicle of Higher Education, has a dogmatic article on college bottled-water bans. Here's the comment I posted on it:

I wrote about the anti-bottled…

On Having the Right Academic Credentials

Sep 30, 2010 by George Leef |

Historian Tom Woods here discusses his kerfuffle with Indiana University when a student group wanted him to speak on his book regarding the recent economic crisis. The university initially said no on the advice of academics who…

“Good Ideas, Bad Ideas” AQ Issue in Print

Sep 30, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

The fall issue of Academic Questions examines both good and bad ideas in higher education, including trimming the glut of academic publishing, merit-based scholarships, teaching ebonics, and disseminating "light and truth."

Collegiate Press Roundup 9-30-10

Sep 30, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

Student journalists this week focus on ill-conceived laws here and abroad, loud music and PBS censorship of Sesame Street.

Beyond Beach Books

Sep 30, 2010 by Peter Wood |

What's next for campus common reading programs?

The College Board Keeps Inflating the Bubble

Sep 29, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, I take a look at "Education Pays 2010," the most recent paper from the College Board's Advocacy and Policy Center. It tries to deflect criticism from those of us who contend that…

Huffington Post Article on NAS’s Recommended Books

Sep 29, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Our book list is featured in a HuffPo slideshow.

Embracing Failure

Sep 28, 2010 by David Clemens |

As the creator of SimCity, The Sims, SimEarth, The Sims online, and Spore, Will Wright is a computer gaming “god.”  In his GameTech 2010 keynote address, Wright offers…

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…

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