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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…

America Has Always Had a Rather High College Dropout Rate

May 19, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, I comment on the recent AEI paper by Professor John Thelin, in which he shows that there was no "golden age" of higher ed in America when most students who enrolled completed their studies…

Eight Students Provide a Glimpse Inside Real Campus Life

May 18, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

How does traditional American culture and Western civilization fare on your campus? What are some of the obstacles or difficulties a traditionalist, conservative, or libertarian might find on your campus? What can you tell us about…

How to Get into College

May 18, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

This seems to be a week for uncovering students who have gotten into college under false pretenses of one kind or another. I'm referring specifically to two instances, one at Harvard, and the other at Kennesaw State University…

The Ivory Tower of Babel

May 17, 2010 by David Clemens |

The current issue of Academic Questions focuses on “sustainability,” that hollow abstraction around which coalesce feel-good connotations of moral superiority and environmental correctness.  At the very least,…

Intellectuals, MIA in Defense of Islamist Victims

May 17, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Michael Totten, a foreign correspondent, extols Paul Berman's new book, The Flight of the Intellectuals

How Do You View the Achievement Gap?

May 14, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS posted an essay, "Achievement Gap Politics," by an anonymous author whose story illustrates why ed schools try to keep students with non-progressive views out. The author writes:

First, you have to understand…

Political Correctness

May 13, 2010 by Daniel Asia |

I student of mine is applying for a job. Here is some of the verbiage on the job description page: "Strengthened by Diversity GCSU is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial and multi-ethnic…

Center for the Study of American Ideals and Culture

May 13, 2010 by Daniel Asia |

A project I have been imaging for a long time is now actually a reality. The Center for the Study of American Ideals and Culture has received its first funding, from the new Apgar Foundation. With this first seed money, we can…

Sustainability

May 13, 2010 by Daniel Asia |

So the Provost sent out a year end wrap-up. For those of you who don't know, it hasn't been good year for academe, particularly here in Arizona. The income side of the fiscal picture is a disaster. Have the tough questions…

Free Online ‘Sustainability’ Academic Questions Articles

May 12, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Cross posted from NAS.org We are pleased to announce that the current issue of Academic Questions, a special issue on “Sustainability,” is available FREE online! To read it, click here, or click on the…

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