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A barrage of articles in the popular press points out the escalating cost of higher education, rising student debt levels, and the financial struggles many colleges and universities face
West Liberty University (WLU) is the oldest college in West Virginia's state supported higher ed system. I have taught there since 2007 and was promoted to full professor last year
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
Lately, tenure has come under heavy criticism, particularly from conservatives who maintain that it protects incompetent, ignorant, or indifferent teachers to the detriment of students
E. M. Forster's frightening short story "The Machine Stops" (1909) depicts a post-apocalyptic world in which all human activity has been subsumed by a global digital network similar to the Internet (except that Forster's version is controlled by a worldwide government bureaucracy)...
It seems shocking that, in 2015, it is difficult to fully answer the question, "What are college students learning?" After all, people can find out about admissions policies, degree programs, student debt levels, graduation rates, campus amenities, and financial aid options with the click of a mouse
They say "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions," but that doesn't really describe the whole mechanism. The reason that good intentions can cause so many problems is because they lead to actions with unintended consequences.
People in and out of the academic world have been pointing to a glaring defect in our education system for many years. That defect is the failure to teach students to write competently.
I leapt from the Uber car at LaGuardia, made my way quickly through security, and boarded the US Airways Shuttle to Washington, D.C. I removed my suit jacket, loosened my tie, and took my seat. Pulling my laptop from my leather briefcase, I opened a spreadsheet to review the layout of the...
Colleges and universities are complex operations-often with billion-dollar budgets. The stakes are high: what happens on our campuses affects not only students but the society at large.
"'Bipartisan' usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out," comedian George Carlin once quipped. Perhaps, then, North Carolinians should be suspicious about the fact that the University of North Carolina system's president, a Democrat, and its Board of Governors...
The higher education establishment is growing worried about privatization. Should the rest of us do the same
Those of us in the higher ed reform community have argued for years that the traditional college model is going to experience gale force winds of change.
Listen to mainstream education advocates, and you'll come away thinking that not enough people are going to college. But if you listen to higher education reformers, particularly political conservatives, you'll hear that too many are going to college.
America needs a better-educated work force - but President Obama's plan for "free" community college is not the way to get it.
Ever since Republicans gained majorities in the North Carolina General Assembly in 2010 and won the governor's office in 2012, Democrats and Progressives have lamented the decline of higher education and especially the University of North Carolina System. Critics of North Carolina Republicans...
Imagine that a UNC Center for Western Civilization (which, of course, does not exist) were to co-sponsor a conference with the Heritage Foundation.
I have made the decision to never again seek employment at a college or university. I will never send another C.V. to an institute of higher education. I am finished wasting my time.
This year has been an eventful one for higher education in general and for North Carolina specifically. As Santa checks his list, the Pope Center has a few suggestions as to who's been naughty and nice this year.
I had my first taste of the University of Georgia in 1995 when I participated in a classical guitar competition at the flagship in Athens. Instructors in the university's music department judged me and a handful of other guitar players from around the state on our technique and performance (in case
But turning the ship of higher education around is a herculean task (we at the Pope Center are engaged in the same enterprise-ACTA's president, Anne Neal, serves on our academic advisory council-so we know). Furthermore, the context of the university is changing in unpredictable ways.
Eduardo Porter, who writes "The Economic Scene" for the New York Times, says our country's higher education system is in crisis and that he has a solution.
I'm writing this during a very cold, snowy day in central North Carolina, but will imagine that instead it's one of our summer heat waves. For several days in a row, the temperature has hit 99 degrees, and someone comments, "Well, this certainly ought to shut those global warming skeptics up!"
It's a pleasure to announce that Jenna A. Robinson, currently director of outreach for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, is about to become our new president. I am retiring, and my last day will be Friday, Feb. 13. I am joining the board of the Pope Center as vice-chairman.
Richard Cornuelle, the Indianapolis libertarian activist who started United Student Aid Funds (USAF), had a fight on his hands. His organization, whose downfall led ultimately to the creation of today's college-access giant known as the Lumina Foundation, was created with the goal of competing...
About 25 years ago, American higher education was swept up in the identity studies fad. A great many colleges and universities created courses, departments, degree programs, and related administrative posts in Women's Studies, African-American Studies, Latina/o Studies, Queer Studies, and others.
Major donors like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation dominate higher education philanthropy today. Most are aware of the Gates Foundation's roots in Bill's vast wealth, but the story of how Lumina came to be is more complicated.
Tenure entrenches academics in their jobs. While it's a bulwark of academic freedom, tenure also shields those who are not currently earning their keep, as well as many who never did. The current system stymies innovation, most clearly in the area of hiring new faculty.
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