Duke Cheston

Writer/reporter for the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Posts by Duke Cheston (page 1)

  • Hedonism or Performance Anxiety?

    I literally jumped up and down with excitement when I read this article over at First Things (Okay, yes, I’m a nerd, but you should read it, too). Helen Rittlemeyer (a Yale alumna) trashes Nathan Harden’s book about Yale’s sexual culture (which is one reason I liked the article…
    Duke Cheston, January 29, 2013
  • A Feminist “Wikistorm”

    Sounds like the stuff of nightmares, right? Well, it’s real and happened at the Claremont Graduate School out in California in October. Prominent gender and media studies professors from across the country converged recently to help host what was dubbed by organizers as a “Feminist, Anti-Racist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” to create or…
    Duke Cheston, December 5, 2012
  • Manufacturers Need Workers…

    …but it seems all they can get are bachelor’s degree recipients who either don’t have the right skills or think manufacturing jobs are beneath them. According to a fascinating article by Jillian Kay Melchior over at National Review Online, too many young people are going to college and acquiring…
    Duke Cheston, November 26, 2012
  • Real Reform vs. “Throw Money At It”

    In an article for the Pope Center today, Jay Schalin examines the higher education policy ideas of North Carolina’s two major gubernatorial candidates, Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton. Jay says that although both have some good ideas, McCrory clearly has the better vision for moving public higher education forward.
    Duke Cheston, October 22, 2012
  • Re: The Most Liberal College

    A reader makes some good points about my assessment of Warren Wilson College, which holds the distinctions of being the most liberal college in the country (according to a recent survey) and having an unusually high rate of sexual assaults reported. The high reported rate may not reflect a…
    Duke Cheston, August 15, 2012
  • The Most Liberal College in the USA Is…

    Warren Wilson College here in North Carolina, according to a joint survey by Newsweek and the website College Prowler. Personally, I’ve never been to Warren Wilson, but, considering the pictures of the place, this ranking isn’t so surprising–it looks like a hippie commune. Especially commune-like is the school’s…
    Duke Cheston, August 14, 2012
  • In Search of “The Right Stuff”

    What does it take to be a leader of a large university? That is the question my colleague Jay Schalin ponders in today’s Pope Center article. Apparently, Jay says, UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp doesn’t make the grade: …UNC-Chapel Hill’s scandal highlights the need for a…
    Duke Cheston, August 6, 2012
  • A Rosetta Stone for Political Discourse?

    Nicholas Kristof is my favorite liberal columnist, and his column in today’s New York Times further solidified that (admittedly small) distinction. Kristof focuses on a new book by psychologist Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind, a work that examines the moral and psychological foundations of liberal and conservative thinking.
    Duke Cheston, March 22, 2012