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College Application Essays: Going Beyond “How Would You Contribute to Diversity?”

Nov 04, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts, Peter Wood |

Many colleges and universities require applicants for undergraduate admissions to write an essay describing the ways in which they’ll bring “diversity” to their hoped-for alma mater. Thisprocedure isn’t especially…

Victory: Proposition 107 Passes in Arizona

Nov 03, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

We are excited to announce that Arizonans have approved Prop. 107, a ballot initiative that prohibits racial preferences in the state’s public institutions, including public colleges and universities. This is a great…

Higher Education Needs the Creative Destruction of Capitalism

Nov 03, 2010 by George Leef |

That view is hardly surprising among the limited government types who frequent the NAS blog, but quite surprising when you hear it from a "progressive" writer. That's the case, however, with DIY U by Anya Kamenetz,…

Arizona Civil Rights Initiative Passes; NAS Hails Victory

Nov 03, 2010 |

Proposition 107, which bans racial preferences in Arizona's public colleges and universities, passed with 60% of the vote.

Quotas at Quinnipiac: “We Very Much Want an African-American for That Particular…

Nov 02, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

A university president announces his intention to hire a "high-quality African-American." At a meeting last week he said, "Having that person be an African-American is very important to concluding that search."

Yes, You CAN Teach an Interesting Economics Course!

Nov 01, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Jane Shaw writes about an event we sponsored last Friday, bringing together several econ profs to share their ideas on how to make the subject interesting to students. The crucial thing -- steer…

On Finding Obama Where No One Thought to Look

Nov 01, 2010 by Peter Wood |

A new book highlights the complacency of researchers who failed to follow a paper trail, writes Peter Wood.

Spread the Word: Free November Access to Academic Questions

Nov 01, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Academic Questions is free online from now until November 30. Tell your friends!

HuffPo Article on Academic Freedom According to 1915 AAUP

Oct 29, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

David Moshman, professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has an excellent article at the Huffington Post on what academic freedom means, according to the AAUP's 1915 Declaration of Principles.…

What’s the Metric, Kenneth?

Oct 29, 2010 by David Clemens |

Clare Cavanagh was in town last week for our colloquium on “Imaginative Freedom and Political Freedom.”  A celebrated translator, Clare is also the author of Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics (2010) in which she…

Tea Party Derangement Syndrome

Oct 29, 2010 by Peter Wood |

Intellectual snobbery in academe produces minds closed to debate.

Online Ed’s Niche Role

Oct 29, 2010 by David Clemens |

Online education should serve as a home for orphaned liberal arts and "boutique" courses for motivated students.

Test Drive a Hybrid College Course

Oct 29, 2010 by Jason Fertig |

A combination of online and in-class instruction can help restore academic rigor in college courses.

Yes, Virginia…You are All Right

Oct 28, 2010 by Jonathan Bean |

It is always nice to report good news. In the long struggle for sanity on college campuses, occasionally schools "do the right thing." In this case, the University of Virginia has eliminated all speech codes and earned…

Law Schools are Indoctrinating Rather Than Educating

Oct 28, 2010 by Don Racheter |

The Iowa Association of Scholars observes that law schools suffer from political bias, and that in turn, the U.S. judicial system suffers.

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