The Faux Field of Dreams: If You Build A University Research Park, They May Not Come

The Faux Field of Dreams: If You Build A University Research Park, They May Not Come

By Jesse Saffron

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Freshman Comp: Often More About Politics than Sentences

By Stephen Combs

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Peer Review: Definitive Truth or Suboptimal Standard? Four Views

By Tom Birkland, Barbara Oakley, Joann Keyton, and John Staddon

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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

New Trustee
Attorney Jonathan Breeden was picked as a Johnson County Community College trustee. In the Raleigh News & Observer.

Hire from Caltech
Kristen Brown, a communications officer from the California Institute of Technology, is the new head of Duke's Office of News and Communications. In the Duke Chronicle.

National

Cost of Compliance
Vanderbilt's chancellor said the cost of complying with federal regulations increases tuition by $11,000 per student. On Inside Higher Ed.

USC Files Countersuit
After a court win by the University of California San Diego over the University of Southern California, USC has filed a countersuit. In the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Administrative Bloat
Syracuse University began offering a retirement incentive package after an audit found that over 200 managers oversee just one person each. On the College Fix.

Prisoner Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education lays out some facts about prisoner education.

Opinion

Textbook Bubble
"The astronomical rise in the price of college textbooks is part of the unsustainable 'higher education bubble,' writes Mark J. Perry of the American Enterprise Institute.

About Bias-Free Language
George Leef offers his take on "bias-free language." On See Thru Edu.

AP U.S. History Competition
"The APUSH revisions, in my views, are largely an effort to silence public criticism and prevent competition and choice from emerging in AP testing," writes Stanley Kurtz at Phi Beta Cons.

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