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Evaluating the Curriculum

December 26, 2005 by ACTA|
Young America's Foundation has published its list of 2005's twelve "most bizarre and politically correct college courses." They are: 1. Princeton University's The Cultural Production of Early Modern… Continue Reading >>

More Scandal Fatigue

December 21, 2005 by ACTA|
DePaul University deserves to be on the list of universities whose bad administrative behavior has been a repeated source of embarrassment this year. Last spring, DePaul suspended adjunct professor Thomas Klocek… Continue Reading >>

Scandal Fatigue

December 19, 2005 by ACTA|
The title of this post comes from a Colorado Daily piece on the reputational trials and tribulations (Ward Churchill, athletic recruiting violations, "racially motivated" incidents, false accusations of date… Continue Reading >>

Another One for Margaret Spellings

December 16, 2005 by ACTA|
It's official: College students can't read. Worse, fewer can read today than could read a decade ago. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, only 25% of college graduates count as "proficient"… Continue Reading >>

ACTA Publishes Report on Intellectual Diversity

December 13, 2005 by ACTA|
In a report released yesterday, ACTA urges higher education trustees to take responsibility for ensuring that intellectual diversity is respected and protected on their campuses. Entitled Intellectual Diversity:… Continue Reading >>

Will on Rumsfeld v. FAIR

December 12, 2005 by ACTA|
One of the most striking things about the oral arguments presented last week in Rumsfeld v. FAIR is how provincial the Supreme Court justices managed to make FAIR's case look. FAIR's argument is that… Continue Reading >>

SCOTUS on Solomon

December 7, 2005 by ACTA|
This morning's New York Times reprints a remarkable exchange between several Supreme Court justices and E. Joshua Rosenkrantz, the lawyer for FAIR: In the argument on Tuesday, the law school coalition's… Continue Reading >>

ACTA on Rumsfeld v FAIR

December 6, 2005 by ACTA|
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Rumsfeld v. FAIR today as everyone from The Wall Street Journal to the ACLU weighed in on whether the government should have the right to withhold federal funding from… Continue Reading >>

Stay Tuned

December 4, 2005 by ACTA|
Tuesday the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in Rumsfeld v. FAIR, the controversial case that will decide whether colleges and universities may bar military recruiters from campus. At issue is… Continue Reading >>

How Not to Do It

December 3, 2005 by ACTA|
Earlier this fall, University of Richmond president William E. Cooper chose exactly the wrong words to describe his plan of raising the school's academic standards. In a "state of the university" address,… Continue Reading >>

Greenwood Still on the Payroll

November 29, 2005 by ACTA|
It's been almost a month since University of California provost M.R.C. Greenwood resigned amid allegations that she had accepted inappropriate incentive payments and that she had used her influence to secure… Continue Reading >>

UC Faculty Calls for Investigation

November 29, 2005 by ACTA|
A petition circulating among University of California faculty members calls for an independent investigation into the question of whether UC administrators are receiving exhorbitant compensation packages and… Continue Reading >>

UC Corruption in Context

November 28, 2005 by ACTA|
Health Care Renewal offers some provocative context for the scandal involving recently-resigned UC provost M.R.C. Greenwood. Roy Poses, a physician at Brown University School of Medicine and an author of the… Continue Reading >>

You Can’t Make this Stuff Up

November 20, 2005 by ACTA|
New Jersey's Warren Community College became the scene of ideological intolerance and professorial bullying this week when freshman Rebecca Beach announced that WCC's chapter of the Young Americans… Continue Reading >>

Former UC Regent Criticizes Handling of Greenwood Case

November 19, 2005 by ACTA|
In response to the San Francisco Chronicle's November 11 piece on the ethically questionable $125,000 paid to recently-resigned UC provost M.R.C. Greenwood, former UC regent Velma Montoya wrote: Your article… Continue Reading >>
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College Bloat Meets ‘The Blade’

Wall Street Journal, Tunku Varadarajan

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