Reforms aimed at fighting grade inflation are falling short
The pressures to grade inflate are many: to attract students and boost enrollment; to appease graduating students seeking employment; and the desire on the part of universities to be “feeder schools” for graduate programs.
The Collegiate-Learning Crisis
As detailed in the landmark national study of collegiate learning, Academically Adrift, there is a nationwide college-student-learning crisis: 36 percent of college students across the country demonstrate little-to-no increase in critical-thinking skills after four years spent in college.
Should Universities Own Patents?
Traditional universities want to have it both ways: they want the tax subsidies and exemptions associated with their non-profit status, but they also want to claim they own private intellectual property and make millions from that as well.
To Stem Or Not To Stem? That Is Not The Question
Until our academic culture embraces again what is truly higher in higher education—our capacity to discover Truth—expect still more exoduses from the liberal arts, regardless of how much attention STEM studies receive.
Why Universities Need Strong Boards: The Case of Wallace Hall
Harry Lewis, former dean at Harvard, writes that often “governing boards do not know what is going on,” that they are “notoriously inattentive” and “carefully managed and quite docile.” He argues that trustees “must not return to functioning as the University’s honorees and cheerleaders rather than governors.”
Free Speech in Peril
Oberlin has supplied teachers with a trigger-warning guide, advising them to consider not assigning works that could spark upset because of their “racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, and other issues of privilege and oppression.”
Public Colleges Raise Prices When Appropriations Go Down…and Up
Public institutions raise funds through students much faster than they lose them from states.
Why is the University of Oklahoma hosting a Chinese Communist Party propaganda program?
“I think we can all agree that U.S. colleges and universities should not be outsourcing academic control, faculty and student oversight, or curriculum to a foreign government — in this case a dictatorship.”
Are Harvard, Yale, and Stanford really public universities?
Those figures come from a new study, released Monday, which recommends an excise tax on private colleges’ endowments of more than $500 million.
A Bad Report Card for American Millennials
As a country, we need to confront not only how we can compete in a global economy, but also what kind of future we can construct when a sizable segment of our future workforce is not equipped with the skills necessary for higher-level employment.