Higher education (page 9)

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    Martin Center column labels college common reading programs ‘fluff’

    Chris West writes for the Martin Center about common reading programs on college campuses. Many colleges assign “common readings” to incoming students as an intellectual experience outside the classroom to set the bar for the academic rigor that professors expect of students. This tradition is most students’ first taste…
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2019
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    Addressing the ‘college-industrial complex’

    Frederick Hess and Grant Addison write for National Affairs about the oversized role of a college degree in hiring decisions. Obstacles to employment are a problem. They impede social mobility, disproportionately harm society’s most vulnerable citizens, and hinder the larger economy. That is why efforts to remove…
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2019
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    Harvard and Warren’s past

    Hal Lambert argues at Real Clear Politics that Harvard University ought to clear up the controversy surrounding Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren‘s professional past. Elizabeth Warren is beginning to solidify herself as a top-tier candidate in the Democrat primary. She has been forced to backtrack on her decades-long…
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the delay of a new reading diagnostic tool in N.C. public schools. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how community colleges deliver great value.
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2019
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    Martin Center offers reading list for higher ed reformers

    Anthony Hennen offers Martin Center readers good options for learning more about higher education reform. As more students have headed to college and a degree is seen as a way to shape students as workers and as citizens, higher education’s mission has become more important. Its leaders, and their…
    Mitch Kokai, June 28, 2019
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    National Review editors critique Sanders’ ‘daft debt jubilee’

    Editors at National Review Online take aim at the latest proposal from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders, the Brooklyn socialist who represents Vermont in the Senate and is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, is ready to show those Wall Street meanies a thing or two: He’s…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2019
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    Martin Center column examines attacks on for-profit higher education

    Michael DeBow writes for the Martin Center about efforts to thwart the for-profit sector in higher education. During the Obama years, the Department was dominated by people who regarded for-profit higher education with hostility. They portrayed the whole for-profit sector as a scam to take advantage of hapless students.
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2019
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    They’ve Got Something to Hide

    The South China Morning Post reports: Beijing on Thursday ordered a suspension of history exams run by a US non-profit organisation for students seeking credit at American colleges, as the ruling Communist Party cracks down on educational material it deems unfriendly.
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2019