Higher education

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    Martin Center column highlights UVa furor over faculty hire

    John Rosenberg writes for the Martin Center about the latest controversy at Mr. Jefferson’s university. Unlike last August, however, when hundreds of white supremacists, many of them armed, descended upon what Jefferson called the “academical village” of Charlottesville, this year’s invading alien force consists of only one unarmed man,…
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2018
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    Identity politics and the damage to college degrees

    Liz Wolfe writes for the Federalist about the impact of identity politics on a college education. Elite colleges aren’t designed for critical thinking or open inquiry anymore. According to Catherine Rampell at the Washington Post, “A fifth of undergrads now say it’s acceptable to use physical force to…
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Expert scholars with conservative, libertarian, and even liberal political viewpoints have praised the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Jon Guze explains why he finds those endorsements compelling during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders critiques…
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2018
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    Martin Center column highlights one university’s problems with ‘social justice’

    Mark Pulliam writes for the Martin Center about the negative impact of the pursuit of “social justice” at one major public university. The latest racket in higher education, evident at my alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, is the disturbing proliferation of “social justice” as a degree…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2018
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    Academic brand loses its luster

    Victor Davis Hanson explains at National Review Online why academic credentials are losing cachet in the world of politics. Trumpism is sometimes derided as an updated know-nothingism that rejects expertise and the input of credentialed expertise. Supposedly, professionals who could now save us tragically have their talent untapped…
    Mitch Kokai, August 15, 2018
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    Martin Center column questions university foundation oversight

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center shares her concerns about oversight connected with university foundations. As public institutions funded by taxpayers, state colleges and universities are limited in the kinds of commercial activity in which they can participate. This is particularly so when it comes to university land or…
    Mitch Kokai, August 13, 2018
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    Martin Center column examines the supply of Ph.D. degrees in the humanities

    Rob Jenkins explains in a Martin Center column why the world does not need more Ph.D. degree recipients in the humanities. In May, The Chronicle of Higher Education asked four academics from across the country to weigh in on the “adjunct crisis.” The results were predictable, with most of…
    Mitch Kokai, August 10, 2018
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    Colleges can’t redefine racism

    Robert VerBruggen of National Review Online explains why it’s not the academy’s role to change the definition of “racism.” Some academics who study racial matters use the word “racism” to mean not “dislike of people on the basis of race,” which is how most people use it, but…
    Mitch Kokai, August 10, 2018