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The Avalanche of Useless Academic Research

Jun 16, 2010 by George Leef |

In this Chronicle article, Mark Bauerlein, Mohamad Gad-el-Hak, Wayne Grody, Bill McKelvey and Stanley Trimble discuss the vast outpouring of academic research that is mostly redundant and wasteful. No surprise there. We heavily…

Science and Gender Equity, II

Jun 15, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

Today's New York Times features John Tierney's followup to his piece last week about attempts to legislate "gender equity," which he concludes will never work: a mixture of innate biological factors and individual…

They Really, Really Don’t Like Us

Jun 11, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

Possibly you’ve had the chance to read Peter Wood’s piece, Shut Up, They Explained. This was a response to the many ill-tempered, intemperate comments attached to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s story about…

NAS President Speaks on Online Ed on My9 News

Jun 10, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Cross-posted from NAS.org NAS President Peter Wood appeared on New Jersey's My9 News on Wednesday along with Todd Zipper, co-founder of Test Drive College Online, in a segment on the pros and cons of online education. Dr.…

How Dense are AAUW Members?

Jun 10, 2010 by George Leef |

The American Association of University Women Action Network is pushing for passage of an idiotic bit of federal meddling in the labor market, the Paycheck Fairness Act. We're told that this is "a man's issue, too" because…

The Diversity Mania and Discrimination Against Asians

Jun 09, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, Roger Clegg addresses the question of discrimination against Asian students. Of course, selective colleges don't…

College Degree No Guarantee of Prosperity

Jun 09, 2010 by George Leef |

This piece in The Chronicle reveals what many higher ed critics of known for years -- getting a college degree is no guarantee of prosperity. In fact, many Americans with degrees live in poverty. Those who keep saying that the…

Man Up!

Jun 09, 2010 by David Clemens |

Back in January I wrote about anti-male prejudice at the University of Wyoming here and mentioned the birth of a new “male positive” discipline called Male Studies.  An organizing webinar in April has led to a…

More on Science and Gender Equity

Jun 08, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

John Tierney has an interesting piece in today's New York Times about the ongoing controversy over what an "equitable" proportion of female faculty in scientific fields such as physics, aeronautics or engineering might be.…

Science, Academic Freedom and Public Funding

Jun 03, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

Several weeks ago, NAS President Peter Wood took note here of the inquiries by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who had announced his intention look into the use of reasearch funds granted by the Commonwealth to controversial…

Who Should Go to College?

Jun 02, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

That question seems to be on the minds of many higher education watchers these days, and there's an interesting round-table discussion of it over at today's Chronicle of Higher Education. Ashley Thorne also took…

Science Gets Gender Equity

May 28, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

As the House of Representatives approaches a vote on the America Competes Reathorization Act, our long-time friend Christina Sommers takes note of an obscure section tucked deeply within the bill which could have major consequences…

The Man in the Moon: A Memory from the NAS Conference

May 27, 2010 by David Clemens |

In 2009, ten days before the inauguration, I was in Washington for the NAS conference but had decided to stay near the National Mall at the ritzy Hay-Adams across from the White House.  With Blair House unavailable, President-elect…

Don’t Stop the Presses - Yet

May 26, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

According to this survey from the National Association of College Stores, students prefer traditional print textbooks by a significant majority, and would not buy digitalized versions even if they were readily available and inexpensive.…

A Word on Academic Attire

May 19, 2010 by Brian T. Johnson |

This weekend, I graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in political science. Walking across the stage to receive my diploma gave me a great feeling, particularly after being away from school for a few years. My experience…

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