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Accreditation Dysfunction

July 13, 2016 by Armand B. Alacbay |

The accreditation system is broken, and its inequities are glaring.

If nothing else, that was the lesson to be learned late in June at the meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional...

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In Memoriam: Bill Armstrong

July 7, 2016 |

William Armstrong served higher education and our nation with all of his heart and soul and might. Throughout a long career in business, in state and national government, and in leadership at Colorado...

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In Memoriam, William Craig Rice

June 22, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Bill Rice was a scholar and man of letters, whose commitment to the humanities was passionate and articulate. His untimely death on June 20 at the age of 61 is a loss to his family, to his friends, and to...

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Disinvitation, Northwestern Style

June 20, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

On May 31, the Washington Post published the distressing account of how three-star general and former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry withdrew under faculty pressure from his appointment as...

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Bloomberg and Koch Have it Right on Free Speech

June 6, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch [“Why Free Speech Matters On Campus,” WSJ Opinion / Commentary, 5/12/2016] accurately identified the profound threat to education and to our free society that the campus...

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More Now Than Ever: Accreditation Reform Needed

June 1, 2016 by by Michael Poliakoff |

Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Mark A. Elgart, founding president and chief executive officer of AdvancED, object to the U.S. Department of...

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Diversity Thwarted

April 27, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Intellectual diversity, that is. A new Pew Research Center study shows that those who have attended graduate school (i.e. the future professoriate) lean even farther to the left than those with only an...

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Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy

April 5, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Princeton University’s Board of Trustees acted judiciously in determining that erasing the name of former Princeton president and U.S. president Woodrow Wilson would not serve to “achieve meaningful...

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Free Speech on Trial: Falk vs. Derbyshire; Woodward vs. Shockley; Bollinger vs. Ahmedinejad

March 25, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Does free speech on a college campus matter? Williams College President Adam Falk responded last week to criticism of his February 19 cancellation of John Derbyshire’s scheduled presentation. Falk cited...

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Professor Andrew Hacker channels Teen Talk Barbie

February 26, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Professor Andrew Hacker’s interview (“Who Needs Advanced Math? Not Everybody,”) calls to mind Teen Talk Barbie, who used to say, “Math class is tough!” At least she did until the American Association of...

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In Memoriam: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

February 16, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

With the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, we have lost an unwavering defender of the principles on which this nation was founded. As ACTA shakes its head at its Constitution Day...

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Put Students First at Mount Saint Mary’s University

February 10, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

It is time for the board of trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s to stand up for first principles. First, colleges are properly judged by student success. Admissions criteria should be focused on admitting...

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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...

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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...

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Does Federal Financial Aid Need More Accountability?

Washington Post, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel 

Private Colleges Make Deep Discounts

Wall Street Journal, Melissa Korn

Congress Pushes For More Data

POLITICO, Michael Stratford

Mizzou Woes Continue

Inside Higher Ed, Rick Seltzer

Graduate from Safe Spaces

NewYork Times, Bret Stephens

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