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Is the college diploma a sign of advanced skills or just a screening technique?

Is the college diploma a sign of advanced skills or just a screening technique?

By George Leef

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Here is how academics ruined the critical thinking movement

By David Clemens

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Two loan programs turn government generosity into scams

By George Leef

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Research

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."

General Education at UNC-Chapel Hill
This report evaluates Chapel Hill's general education program--the school's requirements for graduation outside the major subject--in light of the traditional goals of general education.

Higher Education Headlines

North Carolina

Largest HBCU
After a Florida A&M enrollment decline, N.C. A&T is now the largest four-year HBCU in the nation. In the Greensboro News & Record.

In Defense of Journalism
The dean of UNC-Chapel Hill's journalism school defended her field after Governor McCrory said the state needs fewer journalism majors. On Chapelboro.com.

National

Too Confidential?
A University of Delaware sexual harassment case highlights how such investigations tend to be shrouded in privacy. On Inside Higher Ed.

Bachelor of "Struggle"
Eastern Kentucky University will become the first school in that state to offer a social justice studies degree. On Campus Reform.

Imitating Business
Some colleges are conferring with private industry to improve their customer service and retain more students. On the Hechinger Report.

Opinion

"Rape Culture" Is Propaganda
"Colleges should stick to academics and stop their infantilizing supervision of students' dating lives, an authoritarian intrusion that borders on violation of civil liberties," writes Camille Paglia for Time.

Feminists & the State
Feminist professor Laurie Essig writes that it is foolish to ally with the anti-feminist state by pushing for "yes means yes" sexual consent laws. In the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Syllabi Are Copyrighted?
The Pope Center's George Leef calls "ridiculous" a recent ruling that a university can refuse release copies of a professor's syllabus on grounds of copyright. On Forbes.com.

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