Day: March 4, 2013

Student Loans are the Problem

Peter Sacks’s recent piece attacks a straw man. He argues against advocates for eliminating all federal aid to colleges, a powerless faction if there ever was one. In so doing he sidesteps the very real failings of our higher-ed policy.  Sacks claims that capitalistic systems requires educated citizens. Far from controversial. However, he contends that since […]

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Race-Class-Gender in History Dissertations

Inside Higher Ed features a somewhat odd analysis about a study by the AHA comparing words in the titles of dissertations that appeared between 1920 and 1960 with those that appeared in the last 20 years. According to IHE‘s Scott Jaschik, “For the recent titles, some of the analysis may challenge conventional wisdom about the […]

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The End of Unwatched Professors

One of the enduring operative principles of higher education has been reliance upon professors to do their work diligently and conscientiously without the eye of a monitor upon them.  Yes, there are tenure reviews and other periodic reviews of faculty performance, but the day-to-day functioning of faculty members in their teaching and research has largely gone […]

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