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She Do the Plagiarists in Many Voices: An Anthropologist’s New Rationale for…

Sep 02, 2008 by Peter Wood |

It seems the Internet generation of students has a novel excuse for plagiarism: "I was exploring the ever-changing version of my self." In a world of Wikipedia, YouTube, Blogspot, and Second Life, can authorship be "fluid"?

The Georgia Diversion: Faculty Aren’t Biased, Students Are, Says the Peach…

Aug 29, 2008 by Peter Wood |

The University System of Georgia conducted a "Survey on Student Speech and Discussion," which has been heralded as proof that the U.S. doesn't have a problem with bias in the classroom. But we have our doubts. Clouding the…

Are Students Customers? No

Aug 29, 2008 by Peter Wood |

NAS Executive Director Peter Wood replies to Ed Cutting with an opposing view, that "the 'customer service' model of higher education is an illusory path to real academic reform."

Are Students Customers? Yes

Aug 29, 2008 by Ed Cutting |

One of our members, Ed Cutting, argues that students should be treated with a customer service model based on the free market. After all, higher education can't get much worse, can it?

Socialism for Sophomores

Aug 26, 2008 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has outdone itself in offering a descent into radical ideology pure and simple. Its Social Thought & Political Economy program reveals to us how easy it is to add a socialist mentality…

The Communitarian ResLife Movement: Part 4 (Final)

Aug 25, 2008 by Tom Wood |

Is the university a public square?

“Protect Our Freedoms” APSA Members Petition

Aug 25, 2008 by |

Members of the American Political Science Association, which is scheduled to have its annual meeting in Toronto next year, have drafted a petition that consideration be given to relocating the meeting on the grounds that Canada…

When I Squeeze You, You Make Noise!

Aug 22, 2008 by Peter Wood |

NAS executive director Peter Wood considers the rationale behind Princeton's "25 Most Influential Alumni" list. Not to miss among the "Portraits of Influence" is the man who gave us the Rubber Ducky song.

The Communitarian ResLife Movement: Part 3

Aug 21, 2008 by Tom Wood |

What can a mission statement tell us about a college's susceptibility to communitarian ideals? Thomas Wood compares the mission statements of Harvard, Berkeley, and U of Delaware.

Unwelcome

Aug 20, 2008 by Ashley Thorne |

Multicultural welcome receptions at California State University at Chico raise the question, "Do differences really define who we are?"

The Communitarian ResLife Movement: Part 2

Aug 18, 2008 by Tom Wood |

Thomas Wood explains how the three circles of sustainability overlap to produce a new pedagogy in residence halls.

Olympic Ironies

Aug 15, 2008 by Ashley Thorne |

Perhaps the Olympic spirit reflects good, instinctual, but stifled life principles - rejected especially by higher education. Enjoy it while you can.

Can Social Workers Be Competent? And Other Conundrums Arising from Charles Murray’s…

Aug 14, 2008 by Peter Wood |

Charles Murray asserts that the degree should be replaced by the CPA-like certification. NAS executive director Peter Wood comments on Murray's suggestion and indicates possible flaws in the scheme.

Now on Sale

Aug 14, 2008 by Peter Wood |

Lovely handcrafted hobo sticks and bundles now available for purchase from NAS.

A Degree in Agitprop

Aug 11, 2008 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

Prompted by one of our Argus volunteers, NAS looks into a degree program in social justice education at U Mass Amherst. There we find one of those fantasy studies we thought existed only in such realms as Miskatonic or Hogwarts.

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