NAS Open Letter to Texas Board of Education on College Board’s New History Framework
We, the signatories of this rejoinder, have been among the leading critics of the redesigned Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) standards issued by the College Board in October 2012.
School for Scandal at Cheatin’ U
As online education grows, so do the ranks of its critics. One of the charges leveled by online learning’s doubters is that it is easier for students to cheat on exams given over the Internet.
What Wellesley learned when it stopped giving out so many A’s
Wellesley College used to be one of the worst offenders. In 2000, the average course grade awarded was a 3.55, an A-minus. Then, in 2003, Wellesley decided enough was enough.
North Carolina Chancellor Choice Sparks Controversy
When your job is to observe the world of higher education, you tend to spend an inordinate amount of time scratching your head and asking, “How in the heck did that person get that job?” Time after time, top administrators seem to be overmatched by the tiniest problems that occur on their watch, problems that your average person could easily handle by simply doing what’s right, or they have entirely the wrong skill sets for the job.
Free Speech Recedes So Everyone Can Feel “Safe and Respected”
Top college administrators have a difficult job. They have to pay lip service to ideals they are supposed to care about, while they do the opposite, acting in ways that conflict with those ideals. One example is academic standards. College presidents always say that they’re devoted to academic excellence, when in fact they often sacrifice […]
Grade inflation and what it says about our culture
With each passing semester more students demand—yes, demand—not just a passing grade but an ‘A’—students are beginning to think they deserve the grade they want not the grade they have earned.
War: When ‘Student Access’ Clashes with a University’s ‘Tier One’ Aspirations
The recent dustup between University of Houston Chancellor Renu Khator and Texas Senator John Whitmire over the school’s proposed requirement that, with some exceptions, all freshmen would be required to live on campus, poses some interesting questions about the role of the University and its aspirations.
Yet another scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill
It has been several months since the last University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sports scandal (of course, school was out for the summer). But the school is making up for lost time with a doozy.
A Tipping Point for College Athletics
Mark the date: The recent court ruling in the O’Bannon case combined with a decision by the NCAA in effect creating a “superconference” will serve as the impetus for the acceleration of the downward spiral of the highest levels of college athletics into farm systems for the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.
Taxpayer-Funded “Anarchy Studies” at UNC-Chapel Hill?
The week after Labor Day is “Radical Rush Week” at UNC-Chapel Hill, sponsored by the ever-popular “UNControllables,” the university’s official student anarchist group.