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

  • Free Expression at Duke: What Do Freshmen Blue Devils Think?

    As director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Campus Free Expression Project, I am always eager to get beyond the DC beltway to learn how students understand free expression on their particular campus. So, to return to Duke University, ...

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  • Emerson’s Vision of the American Scholar

    Editor’s Note: This is an abridged version of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s The American Scholar, a lecture he gave to Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa Society in 1837. This is the third of a Martin Center “...

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  • Did You Know? Parental Income Across UNC Schools

    The University of North Carolina system boasts a diverse set of institutions. There are many ways in which the 16 schools differ: size, geography, research intensity, curriculum, and student characteristics. They also differ in terms of students’ family income. As ...

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  • A Path Forward for Reforming College Sports

    As we move into 2020, it is important to assess where we are with the uniquely American phenomenon of elite, commercialized college sports.   Often, what is claimed about college sports is not what’s actually happening. The industry and ...

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  • Textbook Math: Students Avoid High Campus Prices, Buy Books Online

    As college textbook prices have increased 88 percent since 2006, education reformers wonder how universities can make books more affordable. One simple thing they could do is to stop selling textbooks with absurdly high mark-ups, the difference between the cost incurred by ...

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  • The Job Skills Students Need That Colleges Don’t Teach

    Every college student knows that, once they graduate, landing the job of their dreams isn’t going to just happen. Yet, students still downplay the difficulties they will face, either because they don’t understand the job market ...

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  • Did You Know? The State of Federal Student Loans

    With the hyperbole inherent in a politicized topic like student loans, it’s important to step back and look at the data. The Department of Education recently published a quarterly report of the federal student loan portfolio with updated ...

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  • Russell Kirk on Higher Education

    Russell Kirk isn’t known as a policy wonk. The Great Books, not the mathematical or statistical models of economic technicians, were his organon of choice. He devoted essays to broad, perennial themes like “the moral imagination,” &...

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  • Loosening Social Justice’s Iron Grip on Academia

    Social justice education—which teaches young people to view the world through the lens of oppression and demands unquestioning conformity—pervades nearly every nook and cranny of higher education: the administration, general education requirements, extracurriculars, university mission statements, ...

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  • Defending Higher Education

    Higher ed gets a lot of criticism from supporters and reformers alike. Sometimes it’s necessary, though, to look at its benefits and note the strengths of colleges. Steven Brint, distinguished professor of sociology and public policy at the ...

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