Higher education (page 4)

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    Martin Center staff shares its summer reading list

    The latest Martin Center column focuses on staff members’ current reading lists. Jenna A. Robinson, President In March, Helen Pluckrose and James A. Lindsay penned “A Principled Defense of the University” for Areo. Coming from two of the authors of the “Sokal Squared” publishing scandal, it’s an important disclaimer:…
    Mitch Kokai, May 31, 2019
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    Exposing SAT myths

    Jason Richwine writes for National Review Online about misconceptions linked to the SAT. Last week I lamented that the College Board’s new practice of assigning applicants an “adversity score” will perpetuate a widespread myth — that the SAT is biased against students from poor or minority backgrounds. SAT…
    Mitch Kokai, May 30, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the Senate budget’s response to the dispute between the UNC System and Vidant Health. The Daily Journal points out that a partisan fight over the Cooper administration’s hurricane recovery efforts could hurt efforts to highlight problems created by federal bureaucracy.
    Mitch Kokai, May 30, 2019
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    Leef’s latest Martin Center column focuses on different levels of achievement

    George Leef of the Martin Center asks whether Americans can accept the facts surrounding different levels of academic achievement. In the 1992 movie “A Few Good Men,” there is a courtroom scene where the prosecuting attorney (played by Tom Cruise) tells the defendant Marine officer Nathan Jessup (played by…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2019
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    Martin Center column focuses on commencements and politics in the UNC System

    Magdalene Horzempa writes for the Martin Center about an example of the UNC System’s struggle to maintain political neutrality. The law states that colleges should aspire to “institutional neutrality,” where schools do not take a stance on a political issue, so that students and staff don’t feel pressured to…
    Mitch Kokai, May 27, 2019
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    Martin Center column probes affirmative action for women in higher education

    Kursat Pekgoz writes for the Martin Center about the impact of affirmative action for women in American colleges and universities. There is one paradox central to American identity politics that not only runs afoul of Supreme Court doctrine but also basic Aristotelian logic. What, exactly, is the purpose of…
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the UNC Board of Governors’ efforts to ease tensions with Vidant Health as a lawsuit between the two parties moves forward. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal explains why the Electoral College has little to do with race and slavery.
    Mitch Kokai, May 24, 2019
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    Martin Center column focuses on politicized art schools

    Michael Pearce writes for the Martin Center about the politics of art school. A series of disasters face art colleges and the art departments of American universities. Their campuses are closing, their freshmen numbers are dwindling, and their graduates are struggling. Getting more students into an art program is…
    Mitch Kokai, May 22, 2019