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Freshman Comp Ain’t What She Used to Be

Aug 02, 2010 by George Leef |

We hear a lot of chatter about how it's so vital that we get more young Americans through college because college teaches them the "higher skills" that the globalized "knowledge economy" demands. I think that's baloney.…

Who Should Be a Doctor?

Aug 02, 2010 by George Leef |

Medical school admissions people apparently think that medical training has been going too much toward students with demonstrated aptitude in science and the nation would be better served if more medical students were chosen on…

Billionaires Back Free Textbooks

Aug 02, 2010 by Jonathan Bean |

In 2009, I blogged on the budding movement for open-source and commercially free textbooks coming on the market. The latter vendors often hope to make money by charging for the printing of online texts. The movement has moved ahead…

People Need Skills; College Degrees Aren’t the Same Thing

Aug 02, 2010 by George Leef |

Blogging at Harvard Business Review, Michael Schrage makes a strong case that higher education has been oversold. What people need to succeed are skills and college is neither necessary nor sufficient for that. He calls higher…

Back on Track: U Illinois Reinstates Catholic Prof

Aug 02, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

The University of Illinois has restored Professor Kenneth Howell to his position after dismissing him for an email he sent discussing Catholic teaching on homosexuality and natural law.

From Trappist Monks to Abercrombie & Fitch: Silence and Noise in America

Aug 02, 2010 by Peter Wood |

NAS president Peter Wood gives a book on noise a hearing.

U of Illinois Reinstates Sacked Religion Professor

Jul 30, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

It's nice to be able to end the week on an upbeat note: the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign announced yesterdy that it has reinstated adjunct reilgious studies professor Kenneth Howell (read about it here in CHE).…

Why Make Life Miserable for Proprietary Higher Ed?

Jul 30, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Richard Bishirjian, president and founder of Yorktown University, writes about the Obama administration's moves that have a strong negative impact on for-profit higher education. The president…

Climate Change: MIT Point Counter-Point

Jul 30, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

MIT climatologists (and friends) Richard Lindzen and Kerry Emanuel emphatically disagree on global warming.

How to Preserve Free Speech on Campus

Jul 29, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

Check out this article by Daphne Patai over at Minding the Campus, in which she discusses the perilous state of free speech on American college campuses. There's been no end of dismal news on that account this week, so it's…

Collegiate Press Roundup

Jul 29, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

Student journalists who continue to work during summer vacation write about the money-driven world of professional sports, the national debt crisis,the search for superheroes,and Third Culture Kids.

Federal Judge Upholds Thought Reform at EMU

Jul 28, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

Yesterday, good news, since we were elated to acknowledge FIRE's victory for academic freedom at a California community college. Today, back to the more familiar bad news, since a federal judge has upheld the right of Eastern…

Less Effort, Higher Grades!

Jul 28, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, Emory University history professor Patrick Allitt discusses the research finding that college students are putting in less and less time on their coursework, yet expect (and mostly get)…

Human Heredity Hoopla at SJCCD

Jul 28, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

California taxpayers are now on the hook for  $100,000, which the San José/Evergreen Community College District (SJCCD) has agreed to pay an adjunct professor in lost earnings in exchange for dismissal…

Renewable Debate: Progress vs. Sustainability

Jul 28, 2010 by Daniel Bonevac |

Philosophy professor Daniel Bonevac responds to a historian's critiques of his AQ article "Is Sustainability Sustainable?"

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