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The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy is excited to announce that it will soon change its name to the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal
The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy is excited to announce that it will soon change its name to the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal
 
American Anthropological Association (AAA) passed a resolution calling for the association to boycott Israeli academic institutions as punishment for the Israeli state’s Palestinian policy.
American Anthropological Association (AAA) passed a resolution calling for the association to boycott Israeli academic institutions as punishment for the Israeli state’s Palestinian policy.
 
Mark Twain's famous quip about the rumors of his demise applies to the private higher education lending industry
Mark Twain's famous quip about the rumors of his demise applies to the private higher education lending industry
 
When Bernie Sanders proposed free tuition at public colleges and universities, Hillary Clinton responded with her rival plan, The New College Compact
When Bernie Sanders proposed free tuition at public colleges and universities, Hillary Clinton responded with her rival plan, The New College Compact
 
A few weeks ago I went camping with some fellow members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Young Americans for Liberty chapter
A few weeks ago I went camping with some fellow members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Young Americans for Liberty chapter
 
Every so often, the issue of grade inflation makes the headlines, and we are reminded that grades are being debased continuously.
Every so often, the issue of grade inflation makes the headlines, and we are reminded that grades are being debased continuously.
 
Ever since the 2008 financial crash, American business schools have been reeling from criticism. There is a widespread feeling that the financial meltdown was caused by graduates of elite business schools who created fortunes through hedge funds, derivatives, and other financial tricks
Ever since the 2008 financial crash, American business schools have been reeling from criticism. There is a widespread feeling that the financial meltdown was caused by graduates of elite business schools who created fortunes through hedge funds, derivatives, and other financial tricks
 
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) advises trustees and alumni about higher education issues, identifies “oases of [educational] excellence,” and examines graduation requirements at various colleges to answer the question “What Will They Learn?”
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) advises trustees and alumni about higher education issues, identifies “oases of [educational] excellence,” and examines graduation requirements at various colleges to answer the question “What Will They Learn?”
 
Students who leave college with no degree but an accumulation of debt face obvious hardship, but what about taxpayer money wasted on students with no degrees
Students who leave college with no degree but an accumulation of debt face obvious hardship, but what about taxpayer money wasted on students with no degrees
 
Every semester during my thirteen years of teaching at a liberal arts college, several senior year students would approach me and ask if I "knew of any jobs out there."
Every semester during my thirteen years of teaching at a liberal arts college, several senior year students would approach me and ask if I "knew of any jobs out there."
 
Businesses sometimes charge different customers different prices as a way to maximize revenue
Businesses sometimes charge different customers different prices as a way to maximize revenue
 
Following a particularly tumultuous year, Duke University has issued a lengthy report to address “bias and hate” on campus
Following a particularly tumultuous year, Duke University has issued a lengthy report to address “bias and hate” on campus
 
The May 6 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education contains two illuminating and rather unexpected articles
The May 6 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education contains two illuminating and rather unexpected articles
 
Since the federal government feeds students in K-12 schools via the National School Lunch Program, it should similarly feed college students who are "food insecure,"
Since the federal government feeds students in K-12 schools via the National School Lunch Program, it should similarly feed college students who are "food insecure,"
 
For many years American colleges and universities have been obsessed with diversity. Institutions now have one or more diversity offices and students frequently have to take at least one diversity-themed course to graduate.
For many years American colleges and universities have been obsessed with diversity. Institutions now have one or more diversity offices and students frequently have to take at least one diversity-themed course to graduate.
 
Lawmakers returned to Raleigh at the end of April to attend this year's "short session." On the agenda are adjustments to the state budget and a few policies left unresolved when legislators adjourned last year
Lawmakers returned to Raleigh at the end of April to attend this year's "short session." On the agenda are adjustments to the state budget and a few policies left unresolved when legislators adjourned last year
 
The Innovator's Dilemma theory is based on the premise that incumbent firms in a given market tend to focus on making incremental improvements to existing products and services, rather than on providing new and possibly revolutionary ones
The Innovator's Dilemma theory is based on the premise that incumbent firms in a given market tend to focus on making incremental improvements to existing products and services, rather than on providing new and possibly revolutionary ones
 
Whether it's Princeton Review, which grades schools based on students' evaluations, or U.S News and World Report, where rankings rely heavily on graduation and retention rates, schools celebrate a high position as an indication of a quality education
Whether it's Princeton Review, which grades schools based on students' evaluations, or U.S News and World Report, where rankings rely heavily on graduation and retention rates, schools celebrate a high position as an indication of a quality education
 
When it comes to race and gender, our major colleges and universities can usually be expected to come to the wrong conclusions and make unwise, often outrageous decisions
When it comes to race and gender, our major colleges and universities can usually be expected to come to the wrong conclusions and make unwise, often outrageous decisions
 
The American higher education establishment suffers from the same problem as ruling establishments everywhere-the inability to look objectively at itself
The American higher education establishment suffers from the same problem as ruling establishments everywhere-the inability to look objectively at itself
 
The idea of free community college has become a topic of national debate in recent years, highlighted by Tennessee's and Oregon's enactment of statewide plans, and President Obama's advocacy for a nationwide program
The idea of free community college has become a topic of national debate in recent years, highlighted by Tennessee's and Oregon's enactment of statewide plans, and President Obama's advocacy for a nationwide program
 
Two years ago I attended a student debate at North Carolina Central University, one of the state's five public historically black colleges and universities
Two years ago I attended a student debate at North Carolina Central University, one of the state's five public historically black colleges and universities
 
Recently I coached a bright high school senior on how to get his college admission essay into shape
Recently I coached a bright high school senior on how to get his college admission essay into shape
 
For the last several years, Big Labor has pushed for mandated higher pay for workers, rallying around the slogan "Fight for Fifteen!"
For the last several years, Big Labor has pushed for mandated higher pay for workers, rallying around the slogan "Fight for Fifteen!"
 
At the Pope Center we spend a lot of time recommending changes to higher education policy. It's in our name. But there are ways you-as a citizen, parent, student, or employer-can pressure higher education to change.
At the Pope Center we spend a lot of time recommending changes to higher education policy. It's in our name. But there are ways you-as a citizen, parent, student, or employer-can pressure higher education to change.
 
Recently some influential members of Congress complained about the supposed unfairness of colleges and universities who raised tuition at an excessive rate, despite their gigantic endowments
Recently some influential members of Congress complained about the supposed unfairness of colleges and universities who raised tuition at an excessive rate, despite their gigantic endowments
 
A few years ago, I went back to school. I was in my 60s and nearing retirement as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
A few years ago, I went back to school. I was in my 60s and nearing retirement as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
 
Politicians around the nation like to say that they have held down tuition at their state universities. Michigan's are no different, and to validate their claim, in 2011 they added incentive-based funding to university appropriations.
Politicians around the nation like to say that they have held down tuition at their state universities. Michigan's are no different, and to validate their claim, in 2011 they added incentive-based funding to university appropriations.
 
The University of Pennsylvania has promised $100 million to increase faculty diversity. Yale has just pledged $50 million, Johns Hopkins $25 million. These sums are large, but the goal has been an object of urgent attention for decades
The University of Pennsylvania has promised $100 million to increase faculty diversity. Yale has just pledged $50 million, Johns Hopkins $25 million. These sums are large, but the goal has been an object of urgent attention for decades
 
Nearly three months have passed since student protests upended the institution where I teach law, the University of Missouri (Mizzou). There have been several changes on the Columbia campus.
Nearly three months have passed since student protests upended the institution where I teach law, the University of Missouri (Mizzou). There have been several changes on the Columbia campus.
 
Beginning in the 1960s, a movement developed in academia with the aim of transforming scholarly pursuits into instruments of social change
Beginning in the 1960s, a movement developed in academia with the aim of transforming scholarly pursuits into instruments of social change
 
Next month will be the tenth anniversary of the spring break party that triggered the Duke lacrosse case
Next month will be the tenth anniversary of the spring break party that triggered the Duke lacrosse case
 
Just how bad colleges have become when it comes to free speech and toleration for anyone who disagrees with those who hold power cannot be underestimated
Just how bad colleges have become when it comes to free speech and toleration for anyone who disagrees with those who hold power cannot be underestimated
 
The increased use of non-tenure track faculty by universities has drawn condemnation from many entrenched in the seniority system, but critics may be ignoring the more complex realities and distinctive needs of 21st Century higher education.
The increased use of non-tenure track faculty by universities has drawn condemnation from many entrenched in the seniority system, but critics may be ignoring the more complex realities and distinctive needs of 21st Century higher education.
 
As medieval Europeans placed their hope for salvation in the church and donated vast sums for the construction of splendidly ornate cathedrals, many modern Americans place their hope for a future better world in higher education and give accordingly
As medieval Europeans placed their hope for salvation in the church and donated vast sums for the construction of splendidly ornate cathedrals, many modern Americans place their hope for a future better world in higher education and give accordingly
 
As the stock market gyrates and talk of a new recession begins, many universities have reason to worry
As the stock market gyrates and talk of a new recession begins, many universities have reason to worry
 
As a liberal who grew up near California's Bible Belt in Orange County, I was brought up to believe that the enemies of reason were the Christian creationists who taught that the world is 6,000 years old and that biologists can't explain the evolution of complexity without invoking a divine creator
As a liberal who grew up near California's Bible Belt in Orange County, I was brought up to believe that the enemies of reason were the Christian creationists who taught that the world is 6,000 years old and that biologists can't explain the evolution of complexity without invoking a divine creator
 
In Great Britain, as in the United States, a growing moral consensus and a lack of political diversity among faculty and administrators is moving higher education away from the pursuit and transmission of knowledge in favour of the promotion of politically correct values
In Great Britain, as in the United States, a growing moral consensus and a lack of political diversity among faculty and administrators is moving higher education away from the pursuit and transmission of knowledge in favour of the promotion of politically correct values
 
Affirmative action is before the Supreme Court again this week, as it rehears arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas
Affirmative action is before the Supreme Court again this week, as it rehears arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas
 
Looking back at all that happened in higher education this year is enough to make your head spin. One minute, state politicians are finally making good policies; the next, university officials are caving to irrational demands
Looking back at all that happened in higher education this year is enough to make your head spin. One minute, state politicians are finally making good policies; the next, university officials are caving to irrational demands
 
Over a long teaching career, I have seen a lot of change in our colleges and universities-some of it good, but much of it not. In the not-good category I would put the decline of our commitment to educate our young people for American citizenship
Over a long teaching career, I have seen a lot of change in our colleges and universities-some of it good, but much of it not. In the not-good category I would put the decline of our commitment to educate our young people for American citizenship
 
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