The Terrible Textbooks of Freshman Comp

Mar 27, 2012 by Mary Grabar |

The anthologies used in many freshman composition courses tell students what to think, not how to write.

FIRE VP to Freshman Parents: College Ain’t What It Used to Be

Aug 12, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

If you're the proud parent of an entering freshman this Fall semester, FIRE Vice President Robert Shibley has some advice that you may not have heard from your school's orientation team leader. 

Freshman Profile: Already Liberal

Feb 01, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

The current CHE features some survey data about the attitudes of last Fall's incoming college freshman class. In the first place, they think that they're pretty smart.

What’s the Value of Freshman Composition Courses?

Dec 10, 2010 by George Leef |

Here's an essay about a composition course at UNC that was a waste of time.  No student, who wanted to improve his writing, would buy a course like this in a stand-alone, free market transaction.

What Has Become of Freshman Comp?

Sep 13, 2010 by George Leef |

That is the question Professor Robert V. Young of North Carolina State answers in this Pope Center piece we released last week. Back when he taught the course in the 1970s, it was like boot camp for college students who needed to…

40 More Awkward Questions

Aug 06, 2010 by Ashley Thorne, Jason Fertig, Peter Wood |

Looking for awkward moments at freshman orientation this fall? Pick an identity: “The 60s Rabble Rouser,” “The Tolerance Enforcer,” “The Eco-Enthusiast,” “The Party-Don’t-Start-Till-I-Walk-In…

Freshman Comp Ain’t What She Used to Be

Aug 02, 2010 by George Leef |

We hear a lot of chatter about how it's so vital that we get more young Americans through college because college teaches them the "higher skills" that the globalized "knowledge economy" demands. I think that's baloney.…

In Memoriam

Jul 12, 2010 by David Clemens |

Most good teachers had a model. Robert Pinsky had Francis Ferguson; Mark Edmundson had Frank Lears. I was lucky; I had two. My Freshman Comp. teacher was Dr. Idelle Sullens, a Stanford-trained medievalist specializing in 14th…

Missed Opportunity: Summer Readings for Incoming Freshmen

Jun 18, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center article, Jenna Robinson delves into the sad history of freshman summer reading programs. Unfortunately, the books that schools usually choose are either feel-good fluff or politically tendentious tracts.…

Welcome Freshmen!

Aug 24, 2009 by Ashley Thorne, Glenn Ricketts, Peter Wood |

What you won't learn in freshmen orientation.

Delaware Res Life Video Soars in YouTube Popularity

Apr 24, 2009 by Ashley Thorne |

The video

Never Mind Tocqueville, Let’s List Slurs

Feb 26, 2009 by Bill Rivers |

A participant in the University of Delaware's now infamous indoctrination program recollects some not-so-fond memories.

How the Dorms Are Politicized: The Case of the University of Delaware

Jan 14, 2009 by Adam Kissel |

This paper was presented by Adam Kissel at a panel at the National Association of Scholars general conference in Washington, DC, on January 11, 2009. Kissel is the director of the Individual Rights Defense Program at the Foundation…