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Category Archives: students

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

Salaita in His Own Words: Columbia College, Chicago Speaking Tour

Professor Steven Salaita on October 8, 2014 spoke at Columbia College Chicago that I previously commented on. John Dworkin asked the panelists, Steven Salaita, Iymen Chehade and myself whether we would consent … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a 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 []. Gun-rights activists are pushing for legislation that will allow guns to be … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Coincidence? “Service” on the Train and the Profession

The other morning, I was reading on the 2 train on my way to school, reading a book on education issues that a publisher had sent me for review. The … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

What every student should know about the modern university

Guest blogger Michael Behrent is an associate professor of history at Appalachian State University and President of the ASU Chapter of the AAUP. This was first published as a letter-to-the-editor of The … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nude Adult Models, William Bennett, Common Core, Rotten Teachers, Apples, Robert Frost

I had originally begun politely with a news hook quoting William J. Bennett on the common core, and will return to it, but as things are in our society, I … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Florida State University Names a New President: Or, How a University Can Be Commandeered by Political Partisanship

After a very contentious search, the Board of Trustees of Florida State University have announced that John Thrasher will be the institution’s new president. The firm originally hired to facilitate … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why Educators and Students Don’t Need the Apple iPhone 6 and Plus or XYZ

The launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is big in every way if you count numbers. Orders in the first 24 hours are said to … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Salaita Academic Freedom Speaking Tour Heading To Chicago!

UPDATED ITINERARY SEPTEMBER 24, 2014: Professor Steven Salaita, who had been appointed as an associate professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is planning a five-day speaking tour … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

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