Source Archives: The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

  • The Legal Innovations Trying to Save Law School from Itself

    The world of law school and the legal profession is in turmoil. This is because there are not only many market distortions at play, but because the economy is undergoing transitions. One of these distortions is the overabundance of ...

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  • Princeton Prof Thinks Free Speech Is in Serious Trouble

    After months of clashes with angry students, the university decided that the young professor it hired had to go. From the day of his first class on campus, protesters had disrupted his lectures. Police had to clear angry students out ...

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  • No Harm, No Foul in UNC Sports Scandal Course Dispute

    The Raleigh News and Observer recently published a contentious exchange between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s history professor Jay Smith and vice chancellor of communications Joel Curran concerning Smith’s course “Big-Time College ...

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  • Higher Ed Reform Hits Prime Time

    The movement to reform higher education is finally entering prime time. Although major news outlets have previously aired interviews and television segments about various aspects of higher education, the coverage seems to be reaching an all-new level. Last month, Fox ...

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  • What Can We Do About Degree Inflation?

    In his recent book The Case Against Education, Professor Bryan Caplan argues that most Americans derive little benefit from their years of schooling in terms of skill and knowledge. What they get instead are educational credentials—the diplomas and ...

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  • How Much of an Effect Do University Writing Programs Have?

    The list of top-rated college writing programs is dominated by private institutions. But North Carolina State University is one of only a few public universities to break through. It is well-respected for how it teaches writing. According to a 2017 U....

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  • Do Millennials Really Love Socialism?

    The millennial generation is taking a lot of heat lately, with even some of its members a bit shame-faced about their values, habits, and much else. Most troubling to the economically literate are surveys revealing millennials’ 

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  • Six Ideas to De-Politicize the American Campus

    The politicization of higher education is a huge societal problem. Even though there is an overwhelming consensus that universities’ ultimate purpose should be a search for the truth and that it is imperative that inquiry and dialogue be kept ...

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  • Feminist Activism Masquerading as Education

    The supposedly academic discipline of Women’s Studies is “an arm of the women’s movement,” according to philosopher Christina Hoff Sommers. And that movement is political; political activism is at least as fundamental to women&...

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  • Carnegie Classifications—What’s All the Fuss?

    “Dartmouth falls out of an exclusive group,” declared a 2016 headline in The Washington Post just days after the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education released its 2015 classifications that moved Dartmouth College from the R-1 (that is, Research 1) ...

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