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Vague Campus Rules Undermine Students' Due Process and Free Speech Rights
An anti-American poem published in Fresno State's student newspaper has sparked a controversy that has led to yet another defeat for free speech in higher education. A conservative student who questioned the propriety of the poem's selection was bullied by university officials, thrust into a bureaucratic nightmare, and ultimately given no reprieve in court.... More »
May 27, 2016

Shocking: The Chronicle Supports the Case Against College for All
The May 6 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education contains two illuminating and rather unexpected articles: "Should Everyone Go to College?" by Scott Carlson and "When Everyone Goes to College: a Lesson from South Korea" by Karin Fischer. What makes these pieces so interesting is that they say clearly what so many in the higher education community have long been at pains to deny, namely that a country can go overboard on higher education.... More »
May 25, 2016

Loan Forgiveness: A Superficial Solution to the Student Debt Problem
Bills filed in the North Carolina General Assembly would provide student loan debt relief to "public interest" attorneys and to K-12 teachers. Both proposals are ill-advised. Rather than erase debt for those in politically connected groups, lawmakers should work to address the root causes of skyrocketing college costs, which are borne by all North Carolina students through the tuition and fees they pay each semester. Of course, state taxpayers also cover those costs, with roughly $2.6 billion allotted annually to the University of North Carolina System.... More »
May 23, 2016

In Congress, Higher Education Proposals Fall Flat
Although the bills currently under consideration are unlikely to pass in the immediate future, evaluating them reveals the current areas of federal interest in higher education. These categories can be broadly defined as student aid and access, controlling costs, and political interest.... More »
May 20, 2016

College Isn't a Good Learning Environment, Says a Veteran Professor
What is needed is for students and parents to realize that swallowing the education that's given to them isn't the best way. They'll have to change things from the bottom by seeking out schools and online programs where student progress comes first.... More »
May 18, 2016

Summer Reading: Most Colleges Waste an Important Educational Opportunity
A college common reading should be a book for adults, not a warmed-over book for high-school students. It should be written beautifully. It should introduce students to human beings stranger and more distant than their 25-year-old peers. It should draw students to enter into the broad world of the human mind and spirit, and not just that narrow corner that satisfies the dogmas of progressive piety and uplift.... More »
May 16, 2016

The Quiet Dagger: Professional Program Accreditation and the Pressure for "Diversity Initiatives"
The preferences of a largely left-of-center corps of faculty and administrators explains much of the pressure for diversity, but the impact on accreditation also has to be considered—not just regional accrediting organizations, but also the professional bodies that accredit degree programs. They have pushed the diversity agenda by requiring specific programs and preferential hiring policies. Although diversity sounds benign, these programs are a silent dagger thrust at intellectual pluralism. They use the market signal of legitimacy, conferred by accreditation, to reinforce an academic intellectual monoculture.... More »
May 13, 2016

If College Students Are Hungry, Should Uncle Sam Feed Them?
Since the federal government feeds students in K-12 schools via the National School Lunch Program, it should similarly feed college students who are "food insecure," argues a new policy brief published last month by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.... More »
May 11, 2016

Community Colleges in the Spotlight
Lawmakers returned to Raleigh at the end of April to attend this year's "short session." On the agenda are adjustments to the state budget and a few policies left unresolved when legislators adjourned last year. Many of those policies focus on community colleges.... More »
May 09, 2016

Online Education Revolution? College Bubble? Not So Fast.
There are limits to technology's influence on higher education, just as there are limits to the "disruptive innovation" theory generally. And although some colleges have lived beyond their means in recent years, there are compelling reasons to believe that most of them will find ways to adapt and become solvent. The higher education sector is vibrant, and its resiliency precludes apocalypse.... More »
May 06, 2016

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