Higher Ed Experts Call President Obama’s ‘College Affordability’ Speech at U of M “political theater of the worst sort”

Higher Ed Experts Call President Obama’s ‘College Affordability’ Speech at U of M “political theater of the worst sort”

by P.D. Lesko President Obama came to Ann Arbor to tell the country that federal aid to colleges should be tied to tuition costs. Federal aid to students would remain untouched, and a cranky Congress would have to pass the President’s proposed plan. The reactions were swift and in some cases revealed thinly veiled contempt—and […]

Political Activism Versus Campus Diversity in Iowa — PT Law Faculty Member Denied Job Because of Political Beliefs

Political Activism Versus Campus Diversity in Iowa — PT Law Faculty Member Denied Job Because of Political Beliefs

by Hans A. Von Spakovsky The only place for discrimination in a law school is as a lesson in the classroom — where professors teach young legal minds about the importance of ensuring equal treatment under the law. The last place you’d expect to find it is in the school’s hiring practices. That is unless […]

Should Part-Time Faculty Join The Occupy Movement on College Campuses?

Should Part-Time Faculty Join The Occupy Movement on College Campuses?

by Henry A. Giroux In both the United States and  many other countries, students are protesting against rising tuition fees, the increasing financial burdens they are forced to assume, and the primacy of market models in shaping higher education while emphasizing private benefits to individuals and the economy. Many students view these policies and for-profit […]

New Report Suggests English Lit Profs. Writing Too Much Worthless, Well, Crap

New Report Suggests English Lit Profs. Writing Too Much Worthless, Well, Crap

by John D’Angelo Here’s what stupid uneducated people imagine that college literature professors do: teach. Here is what college literature professors actually do: write obscure papers that nobody will read. Now that’s where it’s at! Teaching unmotivated 19-year-olds about what James Joyce “meant” is not why literature professors spent nine years in college getting various degrees […]

Occupy Colleges Organizing Nationwide Teach-in To Support Occupy Wall Street Movement

Occupy Colleges Organizing Nationwide Teach-in To Support Occupy Wall Street Movement

by P.D. Lesko After successful October 13th Student Solidarity Protests around the country, Occupy Colleges plans nationwide Teach-ins at colleges and universities. For two days beginning November 2, 2011, Occupy Colleges, a grassroots organization bringing awareness to the Occupy Wall Street movement within the college sphere, will organize a National Solidarity Teach-In for colleges and universities […]

Tales of Unprepared Undergrads

By Jesse Singal Many American college students aren’t learning anything. That’s the distressing claim of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, a new book by sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. The authors found that 45 percent of the 2,300 students they analyzed showed no improvement in a range of vital skills, from critical […]

Should Governments Support Higher Education?

by Richard Vedder   As a professor who has spent over 90 percent of my half-century career in higher education at public universities, it was for decades a matter of faith with me that governments need to subsidize higher education. The two major reasons: higher education allegedly has positive “externalities” or “spillover effects” so that […]

For the First Time Women Awarded More Ph.Ds Than Men in the U.S.

by Daniel deVise For the first time, more women than men in the United States received doctoral degrees last year, the culmination of decades of change in the status of women at colleges nationwide. The number of women at every level of academia has been rising for decades. Women now hold a nearly 3-to-2 majority […]

The Failure of Accreditation

by Kevin Carey College is the most complicated expensive purchase most people ever make. Houses are relatively easy—you can walk through ahead of time and hire an inspector to check the foundations for rot. Higher education, by contrast, is what economists call an “experiential good” – you don’t really know what you’re getting until after […]

A Student Argues that Computers Have No Place In the College Classroom

[private] by Tim Clement The Web cam imbroglio involving the Lower Merion School District has rightfully raised issues of privacy. But there’s an education-related point to be made, too: Laptops offer minimal educational benefits, and they’re a direct hindrance to learning. I graduated from Drexel University last year. I was a bit older than my […]