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I take a look at three reform-minded athletics reports and find a few (very few) good ideas.

I take a look at three reform-minded athletics reports and find a few (very few) good ideas.

By Jenna Ashley Robinson

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U.S. senators want to expand an innovative college policy, but is it necessary?

By Harry Painter

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Another awful affirmative action ruling could send the issue back to the Supreme Court.

By Jennifer Gratz

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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.

Additional Details for the State of the State University Report
Supportive details, including statistics for specific campuses, can be found below.

Higher Education Headlines

North Carolina

Public Records Kerfuffle
With the backing of the UNC system's general counsel, NC State has denied a public records request made by conservative news aggregator Carolina Plott Hound. The Pope Center's Jay Schalin weighs in on

"Complete Carolina"
UNC-Chapel Hill is creating a program to provide financial assistance and counseling to former athletes so that they can return to school and complete their degrees. In Raleigh's News & Observer.


Cheating at Harvard
Two years after Harvard's big cheating scandal, a new survey of the university's graduates shows that academic impropriety is still rampant. On Campus Reform.

Egregious Plagiarism
In his master's thesis, John Walsh, a Democrat in the U.S. Senate, lifted entire passages from various sources without any attribution. In the New York Times.

Confucius Institutes Face Controversy
Some question the appropriateness of having U.S. universities partner with the Chinese government to expand a higher education initiative. On Inside Higher Ed.


Difficult But Necessary
Writing at, Robert Farrington says parents and prospective college students need to address a few tough questions before investing in a degree program.

The Rebuttal
Two University of Wisconsin professors respond to W. Lee Hansen's recent Pope Center essay criticizing the school's latest "diversity" initiative. On Minding the Campus.

Hillary Clinton's Speech
A poll of UCLA students shows that many oppose the university's decision to pay Hillary Clinton a $300,000 honorarium. In the College Fix.

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