Why Colleges Churn Out Poor Writers and Poor Thinkers

Why Colleges Churn Out Poor Writers and Poor Thinkers

By George Leef

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Trustees Need Training, and They Need to Take Charge of It!

By Anne Neal

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Rising UNC Student Loan Default Rates Indicate Fundamental Problems

By Jenna A. Robinson and Jay Schalin

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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

Listen Up, UNC
A department chairman at Wilkes Community College was charged with felonies for a scheme in which he allegedly created bogus classes. In the Wilkes Journal-Patriot.

Antitrust Suit
In a lawsuit, an assistant professor has accused both Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill of violating antitrust laws. In the Daily Tar Heel.

National

ACT's Time
More colleges are preferring the ACT over the SAT, but scores are stagnating. In the Washington Post.

Athletics Lobby
Auburn University was set to eliminate an unpopular major but reversed course when the athletics department stepped in. In the Wall Street Journal.

Koch, Bloomberg, Soros, Steyer
Billionaires of all stripes have influence on university agendas through gifts. In the Washington Times.

Free and Freer
There are key differences between Hillary Clinton's and Bernie Sanders' debt-free college plans. On Inside Higher Ed.

Opinion

About Those Banners
"How did we reach a place where Local Frat Makes Crude Joke causes staffers at the BBC, CNN, The Washington Post and USA Today to spring into action?" writes Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic.

Law Student Glut
Thanks to federal subsidies, law schools are producing far more graduates than the job market can bear, writes Steven J. Harper in the New York Times.

Macroaggression
Forget "microaggressions;" the bigger problem is "macroaggression," the victims of which are often conservative or libertarian white males, writes Scott Douglas Gerber on Chronicle.com.

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