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Costly Chaos in the Curriculum

January 29, 2016 by Christine Ravold |

The Committee for Economic Development has provided one of the grimmest statistics in higher education, where there is already plenty of bad news. Between 1981 and 2011, the “sticker price” of tuition and...

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America Has to Stop Paying Lip Service to STEM

December 15, 2015 by Eric Bledsoe |

Peruse any news or education policy site today, regardless of its political bias, and you'll hear a common narrative: the U.S. is not preparing today's students for tomorrow's jobs. Almost anyone with a...

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Study the Liberal Arts: You Can Get a Job!

September 16, 2015 by Ivan Larsson |

A liberal education frees the mind—it nourishes the soul and ennobles the heart. The humanities sharpen the wit. Oftentimes, policymakers dismiss these benefits for the harder currency of STEM. And yet a...

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Guest Blog: The Good, the Bad, and the For-Profit Institution

August 24, 2015 by Skip Estes |

On Tuesday, April 27, 2015, the for-profit Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (CCi) filed for bankruptcy. CCi built its business around non-traditional students entering higher education with the help of federal...

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In Memoriam Peter Schramm

August 21, 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

A great scholar, teacher, and patriot left this world on August 16, 2015. Peter Schramm was unforgettable in his passion for liberty and truth and in the excitement he generated through his writings and...

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Class on Friday: Hawaii

August 21, 2015 by ACTA |

Since so many colleges and universities treat Friday like the weekend, ACTA has taken up the mantle of end-of-the-week education. Friday classes may be a thing of the past, but each Friday we'll put together...

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In Memoriam Amy Kass

August 21, 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

“A woman of valor who can find, for her price is far above rubies. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue (Prov. 31: 10, 26).” We mourn the loss of Amy Kass, distinguished...

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From the Bookshelf: A Prescription for Successful Schools

August 18, 2015 by Michael Poliakoff |

Sandra Stotsky has devoted her entire career to maintaining high standards in American education, particularly in the training of teachers. As Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of...

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Class on Friday: The Pacific Theater

August 14, 2015 by ACTA |

Since so many colleges and universities treat Friday like the weekend, ACTA has taken up the mantle of end-of-the-week education. Friday classes may be a thing of the past, but each Friday we'll put together...

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From the Bookshelf: The State of the American Mind

August 12, 2015 by Eric Bledsoe |

Graham Greene said that “a story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” The State of the American Mind is such a...

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Trustees, not the NCAA, must ensure academic integrity in college athletics

August 10, 2015 by Armand B. Alacbay |

A 2015 poll by Monmouth University found that barely a quarter of Americans feel that “colleges with big-time sports programs maintain the right balance between academics and athletics.” Recent stories of...

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Class on Friday: Romantic Literature

August 7, 2015 by ACTA |

Since so many colleges and universities treat Friday like the weekend, ACTA has taken up the mantle of end-of-the-week education. Friday classes may be a thing of the past, but each Friday we'll put together...

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Class on Friday: Electoral Process

July 31, 2015 by ACTA |

Since so many colleges and universities treat Friday like the weekend, ACTA has taken up the mantle of end-of-the-week education. Friday classes may be a thing of the past, but each Friday we'll put together...

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Guest Blog: The Value of an English Requirement

July 27, 2015 by Emily Linz |

At the University of Dallas (UD)—a What Will They Learn?™ “A” school and my undergraduate alma mater—the most significant part of the core curriculum is the Literary Tradition sequence. Undergraduates take...

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Class on Friday: Adam Smith

July 17, 2015 |

Since so many colleges and universities treat Friday like the weekend, ACTA has taken up the mantle of end-of-the-week education. Friday classes may be a thing of the past, but each Friday we'll put together...

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