Higher education (page 3)

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    UVa boosts problematic 1619 Project

    John Hirschauer writes at National Review Online about the University of Virginia’s role in promoting a dubious history project from the New York Times. The University of Virginia is hosting a “talk” between UVA president James Ryan and the New York Times‘s Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator of the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 30, 2020
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    Martin Center column highlights decline in academic research

    Edward Archer writes for the Martin Center about an “intellectual and moral decline” in academic research. For most of the past century, the United States was the pre-eminent nation in science and technology. The evidence for that is beyond dispute: Since 1901, American researchers have won more Nobel prizes…
    Mitch Kokai, January 29, 2020
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    Martin Center column probes campus ‘safe spaces’

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center devotes her latest column to controversial campus “safe spaces.” The idea of a campus “safe space”—a university-sanctioned oasis where students can go to destress and feel at ease—has had its share of ridicule. And it’s not hard to see why: It is often…
    Mitch Kokai, January 27, 2020
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    One college’s new ‘mob’

    Professor Samuel Abrams describes for Spectator readers the student “mob” at his college. Last year, a progressive student mob came for my job and the faculty and administrators of Sarah Lawrence College did not support me. This week, a student mob again encircled my office — this time…
    Mitch Kokai, January 27, 2020
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    Turning off the higher ed spigot

    Arthur Milikh devotes a National Affairs article to the future of public support for higher education. From the birth of the modern conservative movement, dissidents concerned with civic and liberal education have tried almost everything to reshape America’s universities: from refusing to donate to their alma maters (as…
    Mitch Kokai, January 27, 2020
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    Martin Center column labels science publishing a ‘mess’

    John Staddon writes for the Martin Center about problems plaguing science publishing. Researchers have been grumbling about the state of scientific publishing for years. Now, rumor has it that the Trump administration (yes, those science-haters!) may be trying to fix at least one problem: access to reports of government-funded…
    Mitch Kokai, January 24, 2020
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    Martin Center president focuses on another case of higher ed ‘social justice’

    Jenna Robinson’s latest Martin Center column focuses on one college campus’s experience with “social justice” revisionism. In the fall of 2018, the trustees of Washington and Lee University voted to paper over parts of the university’s history. On the recommendations of Washington and Lee’s “Commission on Institutional History and…
    Mitch Kokai, January 22, 2020
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    Martin Center column focuses on free expression at Duke

    Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill writes for the Martin Center about students’ impressions of free speech at Duke. Is support among Duke students for free expression and the First Amendment eroding? Back in October, I had my chance to find out. Sixty freshmen students came for a conversation on those topics.
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2020