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The Beck-Piven Controversy

Feb 18, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood reviews the angry debate over Glenn Beck’s criticisms of Frances Fox Piven.

They’re Mad as Hell: Grad Students Face Job Market

Feb 15, 2011 by Jonathan Bean |

As the academic job market worsens (was it ever good?), graduate students are angry, according to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Don't expect a protest march in the streets burning Ph.D. gowns, but the blinkered…

Daniel Bell (1919-2011) - An Appreciation

Feb 15, 2011 by Russell K. Nieli |

Russell Nieli offers an appreciation of Daniel Bell, the sociologist who taught us that the modernist elevation of self-expression as a cultural ideal would erode the personal discipline on which capitalism is based.

Study Finds Harvard U Press Heavily Biased to the Left

Feb 11, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

A major survey of books Harvard University Press published from 2000-2010 raises important questions about the impartiality of this leading academic publisher.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Feb 11, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

This week, student journalists comment on the upheavals in Egypt, a campus police force, anxiety about graduation and whether a state needs an official pie.

Collegiate Press Roundup

Feb 04, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

Student writers this week discuss longtime NFL loyalties, campus smoking bans, and why the Bible can't tell us when life begins.

Lumina’s New Degree Profile: As Elusive as the Snark

Feb 03, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood questions whether American higher education needs an "outcomes framework," or whether we'd be better equipped with something more like a core curriculum.

Lumina’s Degree Profile - Do We Need It?

Jan 28, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

The Lumina Foundation's new "Degree Qualifications Profile" is supposed to help colleges have a shared framework to describe what students should be able to do when they graduate. Peter Wood says he'll hold out for something…

Academic Impactorators

Jan 28, 2011 by Peter Wood |

Peter Wood finds a more meaningful direction for colleges in the book “Academically Adrift” than in the U.N. program Academic Impact.


Jan 27, 2011 by David Clemens |

This morning I heard from a necessarily anonymous colleague who teaches at a necessarily anonymous college.  Her Dean had refused to sign off on a grant application because the granting foundation makes some “religious…

Reengineering Ethics Education

Jan 25, 2011 by Jason Fertig |

Teaching "ethics" won't prevent the next Enron; ethics can only be taught indirectly, argues Jason Fertig.

Dictatorships and Double Standards:  Part III

Jan 24, 2011 by Robert L. Paquette |

Professor Paquette chronicles the campus radicalism at Hamilton College that has "made it increasingly less hospitable to religious students, conservative students, and students who desire a traditional liberal arts education."

Western Culture By Bits And Pieces

Jan 24, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

If the general education requirements at your school slight the traditional aspects of western culture, why not use your own courses to compensate?

Collegiate Press Roundup

Jan 21, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

Undergraduate journalists assess Sarah Palin's political future, the impact of popular culture, the value of Greek life and student mental health care.

Can We Teach Someone to Be Ethical?

Jan 20, 2011 by Nicholas Capaldi |

Nicholas Capaldi outlines four ways of persuading someone to do the right thing.

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