I Asked Academia’s Most Vocal Critic Why College Is a Waste
Charles Sykes has spent most of his life railing against the academy and has written multiple books about how college degrees have become increasingly worthless. I spoke with him about his latest work, Fail U.
Why Making College “Free” Won’t Help The Poor
I have taught some of the poorest Americans, so I know it is laughable to think most poor students fail to graduate from college simply because it costs too much.
Competency-Based Education: The Importance of Metrics and Data Collection
By understanding what metrics to track (and why) right from the get-go, competency-based programs can do a better job of showing their quality while allowing for rapid growth and improvement through data-driven decision making.
The Myth of the Nontraditional Student
The message that colleges and universities send to such students that they are the outsiders is persistent and causes much psychological distress and self-doubt, argues Needham Yancey Gulley.
Faculty Senate Shrugged
Politics is on many people’s minds this year, so this is a good time to write about that topic. But the politics I’m thinking about does not involve the presidency. Rather, I’m thinking about the politics of shared governance in higher education—specifically, the relationship between university senates and their administrations.
The High Cost of Free College
Free college may allow more students to “afford” college, but it won’t actually make college more affordable — and that’s a hugely important distinction.
Why It’s Time to Disrupt Higher Education by Separating Learning From Credentialing
Creating alternatives to traditional degrees would let students pursue their best options for learning and apply competitive pressure on colleges and universities to improve quality and reduce the costs of education.
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.