How to End the Student-Loan-Debt Crisis
Ever since the obstreperous Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011, Americans have been getting an earful about the alleged crisis of student loan debt. Sensing a chance to appear both compassionate and pro-education, many lawmakers want to do something to ease the plight of indebted students. Senator Elizabeth Warren is pushing her populist plan of […]
Latest “Cure” for Student Debt Will Be Toxic For Students
Student debt loads are a hot topic this year. Many politicians say that reducing student debts is an economic imperative. In this New York Times piece, however, economics reporter Dave Leonhardt argues that the real problem is not that student debts are unmanageable (although some students really are caught in a quicksand pit), but rather […]
Race-Based College Admissions is Dying –What’s Next?
A piece in the June 17th New York Times catches the eye: Could it really be true that affirmative action is doomed? And if it is, what’s next? Quite a few supporters of affirmative action in college admissions have been grumbling that the policy they have for so long advocated – racial preferences to bring […]
The End of Race-Based Admissions?
The End of Race-Based Admissions? By George Leef Within the last few months, there have been several hopeful signs that America might finally be getting over its obsession with race – putting people into racial categories and then deciding which groups deserve to be “more equal than others,” as Orwell put it. Last year, in […]
America needs more STEM grads: True or False?
We keep hearing that America is facing a crisis unless we succeed in getting more young people through college with training in science, engineering, technology or mathematics – now known as the STEM disciplines. The thinking is that we are falling behind some other economically powerful nations in STEM degrees, which in turn puts our […]
This Book Defends Leftist Bias in College and Advocates More
Many college professors who want to use their classrooms as pulpits for preaching leftism to students are coy about it. They deny that they ever do anything that goes beyond teaching into advocacy; if caught, they say that it was a one-time occurrence. If only for its honesty, you have to tip your hat to […]
On the Use of Cell Phones to Record College Classes
Technological changes have a way of creating new problems. Cell phones have created quite a few, and one of them is the fact that they can be used to make audio and visual reproductions of events. Some people see that as a problem, anyway, including professors and academic officials who discover that accurate reproductions of […]
Does This Professor Really “Set a Good Example” for Students?
Occasionally a case comes along that perfectly illustrates the worst that is happening in American higher education. A nasty confrontation at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) between a professor of feminist studies and some anti-abortion protesters reveals many of the perversities we find these days on college campuses. UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh discusses the case […]
How College “Student Fees” Fund Propaganda
The fees that college students often are required to pay creates a large fund of money that attract all kinds of people and organizations that like spending other people’s money on whatever interests them. For activists, going after student fee money is something like the minor leagues for their later efforts at diverting taxpayer money […]
Can We Do Anything About “Party Schools”?
(From PopeCenter.org) A sociologist’s book explores the disturbing party culture at her university but sees no real solution. By George Leef Almost as much awaited as the yearly U.S. News & World Report college rankings is the annual Princeton Review ranking of the top “party schools.” By Princeton Review’s analysis, the top party school this year is […]