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Grabar, Mary – Academic Questions, 2012
The agenda of "A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future," "commissioned," "funded," and "nurtured" by the U.S. Department of Education, is nothing less than an attempt to implement a "transformation" of America by "transform[ing] current academic norms about what counts as…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Educational Policy, Educational Principles, Educational Objectives
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Mead, Lawrence M. – Academic Questions, 2011
The claim that faculty conduct research is one of the main justifications for the modern university. Supposedly, academe carries out important, cutting-edge inquiries in which society has an interest. In fact, states this author, research at American universities is becoming narrow and artificial, out of touch with social realities, and of…
Descriptors: Universities, Political Attitudes, College Faculty, Teacher Researchers
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Shaw, Jane S. – Academic Questions, 2011
The problem facing American colleges and universities is larger than even the term "bubble" implies. A bursting bubble would force change on the more than four thousand postsecondary institutions in the United States, but something even more destructive is going to hit higher education, probably at the same time. The major sign that a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Universities, Enrollment, Tuition
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Williams, Austin – Academic Questions, 2010
This essay explores the ubiquity of the sustainability agenda in higher education in the United Kingdom (with some parallel examples from the United States) with a view to pointing out its corrosive influence on educational ambition. In so doing, the author suggests that the prevalence of sustainability within education has only been possible…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Essays, Sustainability
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Asia, Daniel – Academic Questions, 2010
How is the tradition of Western classical music faring on university campuses? Before answering this question, it is necessary to understand what has transpired with classical music in the wider culture, as the relationship between the two is so strong. In this article, the author discusses how classical music has taken a big cultural hit in…
Descriptors: Campuses, Classical Music, Music Reading, Universities
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Thorne, Ashley – Academic Questions, 2010
Universities in the United States are increasingly trading their academic mission for a social mission. They see themselves as responsible for contributing to solutions for the great problems of today. These conscience-troubling problems include racism, the unequal distribution of wealth, and impending environmental catastrophe. To combat these…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Ideology, Educational Change, Activism
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Campbell, Douglas G. – Academic Questions, 2009
This article presents the author's interesting experiences relating to the ideological indoctrination taking place on college campuses. The author suggests that the philosophical and ethical foundations of both the United States and the modern American university are being undermined by the ideology of collectivism, with its dogmatic hatred of…
Descriptors: Western Civilization, Educational Philosophy, Foundations of Education, Ideology
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Fruman, Norman – Academic Questions, 2009
Among the first things the author did upon becoming a professor in 1959 was to join the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). To do so almost seemed like a religious obligation, a step any serious academic would eagerly and proudly take. The AAUP was then the largest and most influential academic association in the United States,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Professional Associations, Teacher Role, Tenure
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Strauss, Barry – Academic Questions, 2008
Unlike Westerners today, the Greeks and Romans put military training at the heart of their educational system. Examining the ancients' preoccupation with the inculcation of soldierly skills and disciplines, Professor Strauss asks whether we can find profit in their example. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Military Schools, Military Training, World History, War
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Academic Questions, 2008
The American Sociological Association, the Modern Language Association, the American Historical Society, the American Psychological Association, and the American Anthropological Association have taken official stands on questions pertaining to America's current military involvement in Iraq. Here are their resolutions. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, War, Military Service
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Neal, Anne D. – Academic Questions, 2008
Higher education accreditation, created to help safeguard the quality of academic programming, has instead become a kind of insider's game that protects American colleges and universities from close scrutiny, when not pressuring them to become more politically correct. In this article, the author presents a survey of the sorry current state of…
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Educational Quality, Institutional Autonomy
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Whitaker, Keith – Academic Questions, 2007
Faculty members have an important role to play in helping to fund programs and direct donor dollars at colleges and universities. This paper outlines the "golden age of philanthropy" that the United States has currently entered, explaining the combination of material resources and spiritual inclinations that have led to increased giving.…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Administration, Philanthropic Foundations, Donors
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Talkington, Scott W. – Academic Questions, 2006
The tally of occurrences of a PC buzzword on academic and other websites seems to corroborate the suspicion that we're quickly abandoning "e pluribus unum" as the governing principle for treating individuals justly. In its place is the new image of America as a melange of competing interest groups. In this NAS research on comparative…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Group Unity, Higher Education, Educational Principles
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Rothman, Stanley; Nevitte, Neil; Lichter, S. Robert – Academic Questions, 2005
Apparently, the department of agriculture is the last bastion for ideological pluralism in the modern American academy. Almost everywhere else, according to research by Stanley Rothman et al., a monolithic liberal orthodoxy holds sway, rewarding its own and conferring career disadvantage upon scholars deemed politically inconvenient. As his…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Surveys, Higher Education, College Faculty
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Hartley, James E. – Academic Questions, 2004
James E. Hartley tracks the rise of American Studies early in the twentieth century as a scholarly effort to draw distinctions between American culture and things European. The radical impulse for relevance in the 1960s brought an end to that and to the quaint concept that great books allow an easy summing up of our values and ideals. Professor…
Descriptors: American Studies, Intellectual Disciplines, Educational History, Interdisciplinary Approach
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