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Could UNC Professors Teach More?

Could UNC Professors Teach More?

By Jenna Ashley Robinson

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Another take on Salaita: not an abridgment of academic freedom, but a failure to uphold academic standards

By Robert Weissberg

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The English major has lost its way; here is a path back.

By Troy Camplin

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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

Education School Enrollment
As teachers have been leaving North Carolina, enrollment in the UNC system's education schools is also dropping. In the Daily Tar Heel.

Contextual Grading
As the Pope Center reported a year ago, UNC-Chapel Hill will include context in student transcripts. In Raleigh's News & Observer.

New Admissions Question
Duke University has added an optional short essay question to its admissions application that asks about students' gender identity or sexual orientation. On Inside Higher Ed.

National

Salaita Settlement?
The University of Illinois board chair told the Chicago Tribune that the university is willing to settle with Steven Salaita, whose hiring was blocked after controversy. On Inside Higher Ed.

Adrift Class of 2009
In a new book, Aspiring Adults Adrift, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa continue a study of a class of 2009 students - and find a bleak outlook. On Chronicle.com.

Insensitive Comments?
Former George Washington University president Stephen Joel Trachtenberg clarified radio comments encouraging young women to moderate their drinking. In the Washington Post.

Opinion

Take It Easy
Pope Center president Jane Shaw criticizes the "feminist thought police" who are attacking the former George Washington University president after an interview. On Phi Beta Cons.

Progressive History
Ron Radosh writes that the College Board is trying to rewrite U.S. history by changing the Advanced Placement history curriculum. On PJ Media.

"Attacking the Opportunity Gap"
David Bergeron and Scott Greytak say that federal and state governments should step in to ensure greater economic and racial diversity at universities. On Inside Higher Ed.

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