The replicators performed all their research in an open and transparent way, intentionally increasing the size of each study to ensure it was methodologically sound. The results were startling. The replicators were only able to reproduce the results of 13 out of 21 studies—62 percent.

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Yes, There Is A Reproducibility Crisis In The Social Sciences

Since the Enlightenment, advances in science have improved the world in innumerable ways: from Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine to Norman Borlaug’s Green Revolution. Dedicated researchers and technicians have worked tirelessly and sometimes slowly, applying the scientific method to address society’s most pressing problems. Such advances require careful attention to detail and application of the scientific […]

Ultimately, the single greatest impediment to finishing college is a lack of discipline.

By Walter V. Wendler In Texas 52.2% of the college students initially enrolled in 2009 had graduated with a bachelor’s degree by the year 2015, according to the most recent data available at the   National Center for Higher Education Management Systems Information Center. I bet 100% of those enrollees intended to graduate when they signed […]

West Texas A&M President Offers Solid, Post-Graduation Counsel To His Students

West Texas A&M University had its summer graduation last week, as did many universities around the nation. People are always willing to give advice to recent graduates, and I am no exception. Hold on to your hat. Don’t delay paying off student loans. Three of four graduates have educational debt and repayment should begin the […]

Professors allow students to pick their own grade

(From TheCollegeFix): By William Nardi A literature class at Davidson College this fall will use “contract grading,” allowing students to pick ahead of time their grade for the class and the workload they need to complete to earn it. The offer is posed by Professor Melissa Gonzalez for her Introduction to Spanish Literatures and Cultures course, […]

The Diversity Mania Grows – Now, Academic Conferences Must be “Diverse”

By George Leef Ever Since Bill Clinton announced in 1993 that he was determined to have a Cabinet that “looked like America,” the idea that it’s more important that every group be diverse – where diverse means a mixture of people from different racial backgrounds and roughly equal numbers of men and women – has […]

Reading, Writing, and . . . Football

By William Murchison Where do you go to spend $7.5 million a year?, is a question most Americans would like to face.  Now all they have to do is scope out Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M’s new football generalissimo, hired for $75 million, spread over 10 years: the biggest contract ever awarded a football coach. But, […]

Reflections of a Retiring College Trustee

By Ronald Trowbridge (pictured) My swan song as a trustee at Lone Star College I will very soon serve my final day as a trustee at Lone Star College, and I want to leave my final thoughts. Having been a teaching adjunct at the college for six years and a trustee for six, I know […]

Six Ideas to De-Politicize the American Campus

  (From jamesgmartin.center): State legislatures are enacting laws that guarantee free speech and freedom of association, a wide variety of organizations have emerged to combat politicization, and campus goings-on are coming under greater public scrutiny. . . . [I]t certainly can’t hurt to keep the pressure on to restore open dialogue and the pursuit of truth. […]