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ACTA’s 2014 “What Will They Learn” Rankings

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has released its annual ranking of American colleges and universities. The ranking purport to reflect what students will learn at the institutions: … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Ranking the Worst Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

This month’s issue of Washington Monthly includes a thoughtful article by Ben Miller in which he attempts to compile such rankings and, in fact, provides several alternative lists of the … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

America Re-Imagined, in Retrospect: Fifty Notable American Novels about the “West”: 15-17.

  Grey, Zane.  Riders of the Purple Sage.  New York: Harper, 1912. Trained as a dentist, Grey had a practice in New York City from 1896 to 1904.  But in … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Two Stories from Oklahoma That Seem to Illustrate Skewed Priorities

The first of these stories, “Gun Activists Lobbhy for Weapons on Campus,” appeared in the Norman Transcript [http://www.normantranscript.com/news/article_52a58aa0-4b3d-11e4-89de-0f889f7b5efd.html]. Gun-rights activists are pushing for legislation that will allow guns to be … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

America Re-Imagined, in Retrospect: Fifty Notable American Novels about the “West”: 12-14.

Doctorow, E. L.  Welcome to Hard Times.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960. After his discharge from the army, E. L. Doctorow found a job as a script reader at … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Keynote Address at the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association Academic Freedom Event: Part 1

Rudy Fichtenbaum, President American Association of University Professors   First I want to thank the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association for inviting me to attend your Academic Freedom Event. I … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · 5 Comments

Should Campus Police Be Using Students as Drug Informants?

Here are the opening paragraphs of an article that appeared in yesterday’s Boston Globe: “The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Monday that it will review aspects of a campus police … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Pearson Knows Where the Revenues Are in Undergraduate Education

In the mid-1990s, Pearson, which, to that point, had been a media conglomerate, set out to become the world’s largest publisher of textbooks. Within a decade, it bought up most … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Trying to Reduce Higher-Ed Costs without Addressing Administrative Bloat Is Only Making Things Worse

John T. McNay, a professor of history at UC-Blue Ash, is president of the Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors. The following op-ed appeared in the Cincinnati … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · 1 Comment
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