Higher education

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    Martin Center president touts evidence for standardized tests in college admissions

    Jenna Robinson’s latest Martin Center column focuses on the value of standardized tests in higher education. Making college admissions “test-optional” has been steadily gaining steam among elite and liberal arts American colleges. In late September, Colby College and Rosemont College joined the hundreds of other institutions that do not…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2018
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    ACT scores put the “tar” in Tar Heel

    According to ACT scores released today, only 18 percent of North Carolina high school students met college readiness benchmarks in English, reading, math, and science.  And since 2014, North Carolina’s composite ACT score has barely budged and remains below the national average. According to Education Week, the national average…
    Terry Stoops, October 17, 2018
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    Your tax dollars at work: Engineering microaggression edition

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon exposes a dubious use of federal funding in the field of engineering. The National Science Foundation is spending over $350,000 studying “microaggressions” in college engineering programs using an “intersectional perspective.” The joint project is being conducted by Iowa State University and…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2018
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    Martin Center column examines potential benefits of an NBA rule change

    Josh Edwards writes for the Martin Center about how the National Basketball Association could make a change that would help colleges. It is increasingly apparent that college basketball serves as an unofficial minor league for the National Basketball Association (NBA) rather than as an extracurricular activity for students. And…
    Mitch Kokai, October 15, 2018
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    Martin Center column highlights concealed-carry gun rules at Texas colleges

    Joseph Warta writes for the Martin Center about a court case involving Texas-style university safety measures. The fight for gun rights on campus is often contentious and generally does not favor the Second Amendment. But in August, pro-gun advocates won a major battle when a federal appeals court threw…
    Mitch Kokai, October 12, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    N.C. lawmakers returned to Raleigh earlier this month for the first of multiple sessions that will likely address Hurricane Florence relief. Rick Henderson assesses the first round of hurricane-related legislation during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops analyzes challenges for public school systems and…
    Mitch Kokai, October 12, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on “communication challenges” within the UNC system’s Board of Governors. George Leef’s Daily Journal focuses on universities and the “coddling” of the American mind.
    Mitch Kokai, October 12, 2018
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    Martin Center column focuses on scientific publishing

    John Staddon writes for the Martin Center about the complicated world of scientific publishing. Communication is essential to science. The aim of scientific publication is to convey new findings as quickly as possible to as many interested parties as possible. But the world of “peer-reviewed” scientific publishing no longer…
    Mitch Kokai, October 10, 2018