Higher education

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    They’ve Got Something to Hide

    The South China Morning Post reports: Beijing on Thursday ordered a suspension of history exams run by a US non-profit organisation for students seeking credit at American colleges, as the ruling Communist Party cracks down on educational material it deems unfriendly.
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2019
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    Martin Center column contrasts strong liberal arts with a ‘cafeteria-style’ curriculum

    Christian Barnard writes for the Martin Center about problems linked to N.C. colleges’ curricula. There are a lot of good reasons to question the value of a traditional college degree. Tuition costs have been rising at a rate that’s almost eight times faster than wage growth, and yet survey…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    Kokai Comments on Beer and Wine at UNC System Sporting Events

    This week, Winston-Salem Journal reported on the current bipartisan measure to allow for beer and alcohol sales at state university sporting events. The article reports the legislation, House Bill 389, would: expand alcohol sales and consumption to all campus stadiums, arenas and athletics facilities. It does not apply to…
    Brenee Goforth, June 21, 2019
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    Leef’s latest Martin Center column focuses on Oberlin court case

    George Leef writes for the Martin Center about the implications of a recent court case involving Oberlin University. Another way for college officials to get their schools into trouble is to engage in political conduct that is meant to inflict damage on guest speakers or people in the community.
    Mitch Kokai, June 21, 2019
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    ZIP code school assignment a vestige of enslavement?

    I did not have an opportunity to watch the Congressional hearing about reparations, but this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education caught my eye. The author writes, Julianne Malveaux, an economist and former president of Bennett College, in North Carolina, presented evidence for reparations based on postslavery abuses.
    Terry Stoops, June 20, 2019
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    Martin Center column examines higher ed’s administrative bloat

    John Staddon writes for the Martin Center about the sources and impacts of administrative bloat on college campuses. National statistics are hard to find, but there are plenty of individual examples of major changes in the structure of American universities and widespread concern about administrative growth: “The disproportionate increase…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2019
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    French takes Harvard to task in Kashuv case

    David French of National Review Online explains how the latest high-profile action from Harvard exemplifies a “post-forgiveness America.” Parkland-shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv tweeted that Harvard University had rescinded his admissions offer after it discovered that he’d made offensive, racist comments in a private online chat when he was…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2019
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    Stop wasting taxpayer money on higher education programs

    The feds are taking a closer look at a Duke-UNC event that used taxpayer money as one of its funding sources. The U.S. Department of Education will investigate a Middle East conference co-sponsored by Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill to see if the schools’ consortium violated the terms and conditions…
    Terry Stoops, June 18, 2019