An Independence Day Special: Can the Republic Survive Higher Education's Influence?

An Independence Day Special: Can the Republic Survive Higher Education's Influence?

By Pope Center Staff

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A Wharton Professor Asks, Will College Pay Off?

By George Leef

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Universities Are Not Economic Saviors, So Let's Stop Pretending That They Are

By Jesse Saffron

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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

No Prosecution for Alleged Rape
No charges will be sought by the Durham County District Attorney's Office in an alleged rape at an off-campus Duke University fraternity party. In the Durham Herald-Sun.

UNC Tells Recruits Not to Worry About Sanctions
Coaches say recruiting has been tough amid uncertainty and unknowns about NCAA investigations. In the News & Observer.

National

Court Ruling Favors Unpaid Internships
Employers have considerable leeway to use unpaid interns legally when the work serves an educational purpose. In the New York Times.

Down with Clery
Senator Claire McCaskill wants to abolish the Clery Act and replace it with her favored Campus Accountability and Safety Act. On the Huffington Post.

We Are "Higher-Minded"
Universities are setting minimum wages much higher than required by law. On Inside Higher Ed.

Saving the Day
A Saint Louis University law professor is challenging a proposed tax-funded NFL stadium in the city. On the College Fix.

Opinion

Why College Students Avoid Literature
Gary Saul Morson explains that students wisely avoid the humanities when they're taught badly. In Commentary.

The Future of Christian Universities
Samuel W. Oliver discusses the threats Christian colleges face in the wake of the Obergefell decision. In First Things.

Unpopular Stance
Greg Piper of the College Fix praises a feminist former judge, now a law professor at Harvard, who is willing to tell women to take precautions to prevent rape.

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