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State officials seek to reform UNC's teacher preparation programs

State officials seek to reform UNC's teacher preparation programs

By Jesse Saffron

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Saving academia from itself

By Jay Schalin

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A bold experiment is being watched by North Carolina's private colleges

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Research

Renewal in the University
A major change is occurring on university campuses: the creation of privately funded centers and institutes that preserve the traditional knowledge and perspectives that were once at the heart of the university. This paper by Jay Schalin discusses the surge of such programs across the country.

Faculty Teaching Loads in the UNC System
This paper by Jay Schalin, the Pope Center's director of policy analysis, explores the teaching loads of faculty in the University of North Carolina system. It finds that the university overstates the actual teaching duties of professors and recommends that the UNC Board of Governors conduct a comprehensive study of faculty workloads.

General Education at NC State
In the Pope Center's latest report, Jay Schalin, director of policy analysis, says that North Carolina State University's general education program is "deeply flawed" because students can select from courses that are "too narrow," "trivial," and often "inspired by political correctness."

Higher Education Headlines

North Carolina

Presidential Search Process
The UNC Board of Governors is tinkering with the process of searching for presidents. In Raleigh's News & Observer.

UNCG Official Resigns
A public relations official who controversially called for the firings and arrests of three UNC Greensboro employees is stepping down. In the Greensboro News & Record.

National

Bad Idea Shelved
Amid pressure, President Obama dropped a proposal to tax and effectively end 529s, a type of college savings account. In the New York Times.

"Codecademy"
The World Economic Forum featured a 24-year-old college dropout who created a website teaching six programming languages for free -- and he has 26 million students. On LewRockwell.com.

What Better Than Credit Hours?
A report from the Carnegie Foundation found that while the credit hour is inadequate for measuring learning, it would be unwise to replace it. On Inside Higher Ed.

Opinion

Be Bold, Congress
Ann Coulter writes that Republicans should "go on offense" in battling the higher education establishment. On Human Events.

Navigating the Waters
Townhall.com columnist and UNC Wilmington professor Mike Adams offers tips for how to dodge university speech codes and viewpoint discrimination.

"Free College" Skeptic
The president's tuition subsidy proposal "would likely change the character of our 'open door' community colleges to something that may look more like 'corridors,'" writes D. Patrick Saxon in the Hechinger Report.

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