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Budget Cuts Loom for “Frivolous” Language Programs

Apr 15, 2011 by Ashley Thorne |

Will reduced federal funding for Title VI foreign language study hurt national competence or help cut academic waste?

The Vacancy in the Heart of Higher Education

Mar 21, 2011 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

At the Chronicle of Higher Education's Innovations blog, NAS president Peter Wood shares some insights about what has been lost in higher education:

I refer to the slow disappearance of the sense that…


Mar 21, 2011 by Will Fitzhugh |

Educational special interest agents can be effective only if they focus on the actual academic work of our students, argues Will Fitzhugh.

How Do North Carolina Schools Do on General Education?

Feb 25, 2011 by George Leef |

That's the subject of today's Pope Center piece by Jenna Robinson. Most are rather weak when it comes to requiring a broad education.

“Interdisciplinary Studies”—It Shouldn’t Be a Joke, But Is

Jan 31, 2011 by George Leef |

In today’s Pope Center piece, Troy Camplin discusses that strange campus phenomenon known as “Interdisciplinary Studies.” He argues that this could and indeed should be a serious field of study, pointing to a…

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?

“How to Win a Beauty Pageant” - No Comment

Dec 23, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

New history course at Oberlin College.

Sustainability News: December 2010

Dec 08, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

“If the early 21st century could be said to have a secular religion, it would be the mantra of sustainability,” writes Warren Meyer on In this religion, American colleges and universities are fanatics.

The Sustainability Inquisition

Nov 10, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

Colleges and universities are now assessing faculty members' work in and commitment to sustainability.

What’s the Metric, Kenneth?

Oct 29, 2010 by David Clemens |

Clare Cavanagh was in town last week for our colloquium on “Imaginative Freedom and Political Freedom.”  A celebrated translator, Clare is also the author of Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics (2010) in which she…

NYT Debate: Do Colleges Need French Departments?

Oct 18, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

In light of SUNY-Albany's cuts to its foreign language programs, the New York Times asked eight higher ed experts, "Do colleges need French departments?" Heres a takeaway sentence from each one. (See also this SUNY-Albany…

Texas Blazes the Transparency Trail

Oct 08, 2010 by Candace de Russy |

Texan professors who thrive on taxpayer funding are irate about a state law that requires them to make course content clear to students before the latter are, as Accuracy in Academia labels…

Newsflash: MSN Cites “Weird” College Courses

Sep 13, 2010 by Glenn Ricketts |

This just in from the MSN homepage, where there's a piece advising parents of prospective college students to check out what their hefty tuition buys them these days. The "weird" offerings include courses on dancing in laundromats…

“I Regret Taking Gender Studies Courses”...No Comment

Sep 10, 2010 by Ashley Thorne |

An NYU gender studies grad wishes she'd taken politics, history, and literature courses, and learned "more about the world in general, rather than one tiny little sliver of the world." She now realizes, "There

A Course on Zombie Literature

Sep 07, 2010 by George Leef |

No, this isn't from The Onion -- a college course on zombie literature.

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