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10 ways the Ivory Tower is eroding American values
Students are not actually trained to think for themselves. And radical professors and administrators simply replace one dogma with another instead of creating open-minded critical thinkers. In other words, professors spend their time tearing down American values only to replace them with alternate campus values.... More »
April 24, 2015


Two conflicting visions of higher education, Part II
Higher education policy must begin with a vision and a sense of purpose, without which it becomes an incoherent jumble that contradicts itself and pulls in conflicting directions. One problem facing academia today is that it has long been largely subject to one vision, and now a very different, competing vision is emerging that seeks grand reforms.... More »
April 22, 2015


Two conflicting visions of higher education, Part I
Higher education policy must begin with a vision and a sense of purpose, without which it becomes an incoherent jumble that contradicts itself and pulls in conflicting directions. One problem facing academia today is that it has long been largely subject to one vision, and now a very different, competing vision is emerging that seeks grand reforms.... More »
April 22, 2015


Accountability first at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine
It is highly likely that the fiscal woes of ECU's Brody School of Medicine can be stabilized without adding more challenges to State taxpayers. Sixteen million dollars is a lot to hand over without attempting to solve obvious problems first.... More »
April 20, 2015


Academic folly: When taxpayers subsidize ill-considered degree programs
Each year, UNC officials pitch new degree programs to the system's Board of Governors. More often than not, the programs are approved, even though a casual observer—especially a non-academic—might snicker or guffaw upon hearing some of their descriptions.... More »
April 17, 2015


Sustainability: A new college fad with fangs
There is a new fad rampaging across the college landscape—sustainability. For the last ten years, this mania has been gathering momentum because, like identity studies, sustainability pushes the hot buttons for leftist academics: environmentalism, anti-capitalism, salvation through liberal activism, and the chance to hector all those wrong-thinking people. It's almost irresistible.... More »
April 15, 2015


Tenure has its purpose, but shouldn't last a lifetime
Tenure entrenches academics in their jobs. While it's a bulwark of academic freedom, tenure also shields those who are not currently earning their keep, as well as many who never did. The current system stymies innovation, most clearly in the area of hiring new faculty. I call for changing it.... More »
April 13, 2015


The libertarian roots of the Lumina Foundation, Part 2
Richard Cornuelle, the Indianapolis libertarian activist who started United Student Aid Funds (USAF), had a fight on his hands. His organization, whose downfall led ultimately to the creation of today's college-access giant known as the Lumina Foundation, was created with the goal of competing with the federal government's nascent student loan programs.... More »
April 10, 2015


Cheated turns over a rock, fully exposing UNC's "student-athlete" scandal
Although UNC has tried to maintain an image of running squeaky clean sports programs that ensure student-athletes a high quality education, for decades it has actually been recruiting players who shouldn't have gotten out of high school, then ushering them through a "curriculum" consisting largely of easy courses with negligible educational value.... More »
April 08, 2015


A coalition for transparency at the UNC Board of Governors is building
UNC Board of Governors meetings are hard to navigate for the uninitiated, such as a member of the public. The committee rooms are small, spread out, and poorly labeled. All the people who attend the meetings seem to know each other. Finding a place to sit in the boardroom often means arriving an hour before the meeting begins. And if you don't get a seat, you're out of luck. Although the main board meeting is video-streamed into the lobby, it's hard to hear and it isn't recorded.... More »
April 06, 2015


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