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Statement by the California Association of Scholars Regarding Chancellor Birgeneau’s…

Jan 19, 2011 by |

NAS's California affiliate calls out UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau for his improper use of his position for political advocacy.

The Folly of Team Projects

Jan 18, 2011 by Jason Fertig |

Stick to individual assignments, counsels Jason Fertig. Group work often produces shoddy results and unfair grades, and rarely does it create "synergy."

For-Profits Break the Monopoly on What a College Can Be

Jan 18, 2011 by Peter Wood |

In the final piece of his four-part series, Peter Wood argues that the United States needs the versatility that the for-profit sector provides.

Examining For-Profits and Cost Structure

Jan 18, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Continuing his series on for-profit colleges, Peter Wood sees an advantage in their pared-down offerings in the context of spiraling higher-education costs.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Jan 14, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

In this week's roundup, student newshawks ruminate on marriage equality, expurgated literary classics and presidential memoirs.

For-Profit Colleges on the Brink, Part 2

Jan 14, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood continues his series examining the case for preserving for-profits.

For-Profit Colleges on the Brink

Jan 13, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood reviews the Obama administration’s assault on for-profit colleges in the first of a series.

High School Research Papers and the New York Times

Jan 12, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

An article on Will Fitzhugh and The Concord Review mischaracterizes the NAS but brings needed attention to the "dying art of the research paper."

NAS Defends Freedom of Speech and Conscience in Ward v. Wilbanks

Jan 11, 2011 by |

NAS filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case Ward v. Wilbanks, in favor of counseling student Julea Ward, who was expelled from Eastern Michigan State University for expressing her religious convictions about homosexuality.

Academic Questions Authors in New York Times Peer Review Debate

Jan 11, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

Stanley Trimble, Bill McKelvey, and Mohamed Gad-el-Hak draw on their findings in a recent AQ essay to contribute to a "Room for Debate" discussion on the publication of controversial research.

Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Jan 10, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

A winter course, "Sustainability and Social Justice," at the University of Chicago, will explore "biophilia" and "ecopedagogy."

Stan Rothman: A Tribute

Jan 06, 2011 by Steve Balch |

Remembering a great social scientist, defender of reason, and friend.

Collegiate Press Roundup 1-6-11

Jan 06, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

Back from semester break, student journalists have a look at prospects for the 2012 election, the need for increased campus activism and the influence of Wikileaks.


Jan 06, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Boredom shouldn’t be able to find an inch of space in college classrooms, but, says Peter Wood, we have welcomed it in.

Get Smart, Get NASNET

Jan 05, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

NASNET is the free moderated email list hosted by the National Association of Scholars. Think of it as a butterfly net we use to scoop up lots of interesting finds and pass them on to you.

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