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 […]
Compare the Goals of English Classes in 1912 to Today’s if You Want to Understand Why Literacy Is Plummeting
(From intellectualtakeout.org): By Annie Holmquist I recently spent an evening with a group of college students. Like most young people their age, they were engaged in their studies and eager to share about semesters spent abroad and future plans. But then the topic changed. Instead of talking about pop culture or other common subjects, these young […]
The Scandal of College Grade Inflation
(Video by Ashton Trumble): Watch Ashton’s video here.
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. […]
Count the Beans
By Mark Bauerlein Insidehighered.com had a story recently on racist patters of citation in academic research. The title is “The Racial Politics of Citation,” and the subtitle explains, “The lack of citations of scholars of color furthers racial dominance and forecloses potentially valuable areas of intellectual inquiry, argues Victor Ray.” Ray is a professor of […]
Faculty Accountability Is Terrible—Even Students Have Better Standards
(From jamesgmartin.center): By Lou Buttino I became interested in academic accountability within the university because I had no choice: the lack of accountability I experienced at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington obligated me to act. I had become embroiled in a situation where I was morally bound to report wrongdoing. But I had no […]
The ‘Confucius Institutes’ Are Problematic – But How To Deal With Them?
One telling example of the way the Confucius Institutes try to slant perceptions and block criticism was the demand made by North Carolina State’s Institute in 2009 that the university rescind the invitation to the Dalai Lama to speak on campus.
Trustees, Take Note: Time to Really Do Your Job
Trustees should take a more active role in reviewing and benchmarking the work of faculty and administrators and monitoring outcomes. Too many have seen their role narrowly defined as boosters, cheerleaders, and donors.