Higher education (page 176)

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Changes in social media have created challenges for N.C. lawmakers and courts as they try to balance free-speech rights with efforts to protect the public from sexual predators and other criminals. Jon Guze explores that balancing act in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders explains…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2016
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    Pope Center piece probes price of Mizzou meltdown

    The latest commentary from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy features Thomas Lambert’s reaction to recent shenanigans at the University of Missouri. Nearly three months have passed since student protests upended the institution where I teach law, the University of Missouri (Mizzou). There…
    Mitch Kokai, February 3, 2016
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    A blueprint for a better university

    Saint Louis University history professor Warren Treadgold provides Commentary magazine with basic ideas for an alternative to America’s crumbling pillars of higher education. Have American universities declined beyond hope of recovery? Of course not. Their decline has lasted only about 50 years, and in another 50…
    Mitch Kokai, February 2, 2016
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    The cost of civic illiteracy

    Eric Bledsoe of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni ponders the price tag associated with civic illiteracy in the United States. He shares his findings with Washington Examiner readers. Recently, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released a major report: “The…
    Mitch Kokai, February 2, 2016
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    Ironies of the Click case

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online compares the response to Missouri professor Melissa Click’s shenanigans and those of other criminals. Professor Melissa Click of the University of Missouri criminally assaulted an undergraduate student and, though local prosecutors were slow to move on the case…
    Mitch Kokai, February 2, 2016
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online that the N.C. Department of Transportation continues to evaluate a proposed CSX hub, even after Gov. Pat McCrory said it does not appear “viable.” John Hood’s Daily Journal pokes holes in a popular argument for high levels of higher…
    Mitch Kokai, February 2, 2016
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on the IRS charging a North Carolina couple with committing $12 million in tax refund fraud. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal focuses on the need for colleges and universities to focus on intellectual diversity.
    Mitch Kokai, February 1, 2016
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    Anarchists for public funding and state support: Yet another potential subject for the School of Comparative Irrelevance

    From the silly protest at the University of North Carolina Board of Governors meeting, I think I've found another candidate for the School of Comparative Irrelevance: Anarchists organized to facilitate discussion within a public university about anarchist ideas and demonstrating in part because the public university isn't receiving enough money from the state. Of course it must be asked: "But would that go with Potio-section or the Adynata?" Neither is the answer. They belong in the Oxymoronics department where, "as the name implies, what matters is self-contradiction." Read this excerpt from Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum for more on the School of Comparative Irrelevance, "where useless or impossible courses are given. The school's aim is to turn out scholars capable of endlessly increasing the number of unnecessary subjects":
    Jon Sanders, January 28, 2016