A Visiting Professor of Conservative Thought Takes on Boulder, Colorado
Several years ago, the University of Colorado Boulder did something pioneering in American higher education. It committed to bringing onto its faculty, on a rotating basis, a notable academic conservative in an endowed chair.
A Big Campus Trend: Ignorance of U.S. History
The consequences of these weak academic standards are clear. ACTA’s surveys of college graduates reveal year after year deep and widespread ignorance of United States history and government.
Hijacked by an External Funding Mentality
Reliance on federal grants, awards from private foundations, alumni donations, tuition, student fees, tax revenues and proceeds from athletics has made revenue generation a focus pervading the daily operations of higher education institutions.
Brexit Shows Ugly Side of British Universities
Censorious antics of ‘snowflake’ students have regularly made front-page news here in the UK. No longer. The momentous political fall-out from the June 23rd referendum, when a majority of citizens voted in favor of Britain leaving the European Union, has swept all other concerns aside.
How to Choose a (Machiavellian?) Leader
Maurizio Viroli’s How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens (Princeton University Press) challenges the longstanding tendency to make the Renaissance author’s name synonymous with the art of political skulduggery. Viroli offers us a kinder, gentler Machiavelli.
Fears Surrounding the Privatization of Campus Services Are Unfounded
Textbook prices have risen more than 800 percent over the last 30 years. Unfortunately, small operations such as my campus store don’t have the bargaining power or economies of scale to facilitate lower prices. Barnes & Noble, however, does have that ability.
Free College Is Not Enough
Free college accomplishes very little if students continue to arrive on our campuses unprepared. Right now, half of all community college students enroll in at least one remedial course. Far more often than not, students who aren’t ready for college-level course work when they start, don’t finish. They leave college with debt and no degree to show for it.
Robert Reich and Berkeley Colleagues Make Big $$ in Inequality
Public employee compensation data allows us to measure income inequality on campus. The Gini coefficient for the 35,000 UC Berkeley employees in the data set is 0.6600 – higher than that of Haiti.
Giving Young People an Alternative to College
The decades-long march to college-for-everyone-at-18 has actually closed off options for teenagers and 20-somethings, rather than opened up opportunities.
College Accreditation Needs Real Reform
When faced with whether to continue recognizing a poor-quality college, accreditors face two options: terminate it and face a potential lawsuit, or do nothing and face little accountability. Is it any surprise that so many accreditors opt for the latter?