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Gillen, Andrew – Academic Questions, 2022
Although colleges receive funds from student loans, they have largely escaped accountability for their role when students take on unaffordable student loan debt. One partial exception was a set of regulations called "Gainful Employment" that sought to hold some higher education programs accountable for excessive student loan debt. If a…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs, Higher Education
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La Noue, George R. – Academic Questions, 2022
In the long history of higher education, there have been many endowment gifts that have strengthened institutions and brought about profound public benefits, but there are sometimes disappointment and controversy. Savvy donors need to think carefully before entering into endowment agreements which are difficult to change before death and virtually…
Descriptors: Universities, Colleges, Educational Finance, Endowment Funds
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Ridgley, Stanley K. – Academic Questions, 2022
"Antiracist pedagogy" is a major element of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ideology that has found a comfortable home in the American university. But antiracist pedagogy is much more than an abstract self-evident term designed to elicit unqualified support. It has a particular meaning, content, and method, and its details are…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Social Justice, Teaching Methods, Equal Education
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Rozado, David – Academic Questions, 2022
This article investigates the prevalence dynamics of such terms in academic papers published in all fields of knowledge. The literature review uses the Semantic Scholar Open Research Corpus (SSORC) containing, as of 2020, over 175 million published scholarly articles and associated metadata. The author quantifies the prevalence of words denoting…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Academic Language, Periodicals, Gender Bias
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Kamhi, Michelle Marder – Academic Questions, 2022
Michelle Marder Kamhi argues that the the U.S. is a "systemically racist" nation has taken hold in art education. Concern regarding its toxic effects led her to write "Poisoning the Well of Art Education" for "Academic Questions," and to begin a discussion thread about it on the Open Forum of the National Art…
Descriptors: Art Education, World Views, Racism, Social Justice
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Howard, William L. – Academic Questions, 2021
Academic racism is an intellectualized and race-based ideology of hatred fostered and propagated in classrooms and newsrooms. In this article, William Howard asserts that rather than transparent, unadorned, visceral hatred, academic racism consists of a maze of theory that conceals visceral hatred under a veneer of intellectualism and…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Ideology, Educational Practices, Propaganda
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Toby, Jackson – Academic Questions, 2021
In this article, Jackson Toby discusses President Biden's proposal for free community college and substantial subsidies at public four-year colleges. Toby points out that if Biden means to require the beneficiaries to demonstrate that they have enough aptitude to graduate if they choose to study, the idea would be in the tradition of Thomas…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Community Colleges, Student Financial Aid, Public Colleges
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Reilly, Wilfred – Academic Questions, 2021
Against the claim of decreased American racism over the past twenty years have come the audit studies. Throughout much of the modern era, a large number of empirically-minded social scientists have pointed out that racism seems by any objective standard to be declining. However, other scholars argue that anonymous tests show considerable…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Minority Group Students, Audits (Verification), Social Class
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Mercer, Mark – Academic Questions, 2021
Self-censorship is widely practiced in university communities, under-discussed though it is. One suggestion for dealing with self-censorship is that universities and professors post rules of conduct designed to facilitate free and open discussion of sensitive topics. Rules are good for solving coordination problems, but self-censorship stems from…
Descriptors: Censorship, Universities, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Institutional Mission
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Ellwanger, Adam – Academic Questions, 2021
Any enthusiast of classical liberal education will be much dismayed at the current state of education in America, both in K-12 schools and our colleges and universities. In this article, the author highlights how critics of American education have neglected the issues of procedure and pedagogy--the "hows" of schooling--and he argues that…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Trends
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Mercer, Mark – Academic Questions, 2021
What should university discipline be used to do and what should it not be used to do? In this article, the author argues that the only proper goal a university could have in seeking to discipline a professor is to put an end to that professor's bad behavior--and only after informal means have failed. He also argues that penalties should be applied…
Descriptors: Universities, College Faculty, Teacher Discipline, Teacher Behavior
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Hull, Christopher C. – Academic Questions, 2021
What if it's diversity-driven hiring itself that is causing America's decreasing ideological diversity in the academy? That is, what if the power over professor selection seized by those claiming their intent is to increase diversity in sex and race is de facto and on average used to choose leftists instead? This study presents evidence that this…
Descriptors: Personnel Selection, Universities, Diversity (Faculty), Political Attitudes
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da Silva, Jaime A. Teixeira – Academic Questions, 2021
Author-based metrics (ABMs) and journal-based metrics (JBMs), as well as citations, are the dominant currency of intellectual recognition in academia. These metrics and citations continue to be dominated by the Clarivate Analytics Journal Impact Factor (JIF) and are still widely used as a surrogate to determine prestige, scientific credit, and…
Descriptors: Measurement, Citation Analysis, Citations (References), Authors
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Clarfield, Geoffrey – Academic Questions, 2021
This article begins with Geoffrey Clarfield describing how by becoming an anthropologist, going to graduate school, shipping out to Kenya in the mid-1980s, and doing field work among a Cushitic speaking group of camel nomads in the desert lands of northern Kenya, he was able to achieve his goal of both experiencing and understanding the difference…
Descriptors: Anthropology, Differences, Indigenous Knowledge, Development
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Moreno-Riaño, Gerson – Academic Questions, 2021
Colleges and universities are some of the most important social institutions in America. These institutions have the privilege of educating large segments of future generations of Americans who will advance or undermine the American way of life that has been bequeathed to them. These same institutions also have the greatest longevity of any other…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Anti Intellectualism, Resistance (Psychology)
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