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Schalin, Jay – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, 2015
At the dawn of the new millennium, American higher education faced a crisis. Dogmatic philosophies of multiculturalism, postmodernism, and statism were sweeping away thousands of years of Western thought. The academy was being scrubbed of free market economics, traditional attitudes toward Western civilization, time-tested methods of scholarship,…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Higher Education, Undergraduate Study, Political Affiliation
Schalin, Jay – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, 2015
Throughout much of the 20th century, English departments were the crown jewels of the humanities. Exposure to great literature was often considered essential for students expected to assume lead roles in business, law, government, and society. Today, English departments have lost their position at the center of the American university. Enrollments…
Descriptors: English Departments, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Educational Change
Schalin, Jay – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, 2014
This paper explores the teaching loads of faculty in the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. Salaries for faculty members are the single largest cost of higher education in the UNC system, accounting for approximately half of expenditures. The system's funding formula for its 16 college campuses is largely dependent upon the number of…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Workload, Budgets, Tenure
Schalin, Jay – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, 2014
North Carolina State University's general education program is ambitious, seeking to accomplish a great many things. Yet its implementation is not aligned with its ambitions, because it demands too little of students. This gap between intentions and implementation can cause students to end up with anti-intellectual attitudes, poor writing and…
Descriptors: General Education, State Universities, Thinking Skills, Required Courses
Schalin, Jay; Robinson, Jenna Ashley – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, 2013
The general education program at UNC-Chapel Hill has abandoned the concept of a core curriculum. Instead, students choose their "required" classes from lists of thousands of courses that may be as narrow and idiosyncratic as Love, Sex and Marriage in Soviet Culture (RUSS 277) or The Gardens, Shrines and Temples of Japan (ASIA 586).…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Core Curriculum, College Curriculum, College Students
Robinson, Jenna Ashley – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, 2013
To understand and evaluate a university's effectiveness requires a lot of information. But rarely is that information brought together in one place. This report compiles publicly available data about the University of North Carolina system. It illustrates key characteristics of the 16 campuses and how they have changed over the past decade. This…
Descriptors: Universities, State Colleges, Educational History, Enrollment Trends
Robinson, Jenna Ashley; Cheston, Duke – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1), 2012
The Federal Pell Grant Program, which provides need-based grants to millions of college students, is the federal government's largest education expenditure. It consumes over half the Department of Education's annual budget and in 2010-2011 cost taxpayers about $36 billion per year. Although the program started out as a way to provide college…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Grants, Income, Federal Aid
Wooster, Martin Morse – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1), 2011
What responsibilities do universities have to donors, many of whom are alumni? Presumably, one responsibility is to respect their wishes when they provide gifts with specific purposes. Yet Martin Morse Wooster shows in this report that universities often neglect the wishes of contributors. "Games Universities Play: And How Donors Can Avoid Them"…
Descriptors: Alumni, Donors, Colleges, Universities
Schalin, Jay – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1), 2011
This paper measures the teaching loads of faculty in the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. The impetus for the paper was a statistic provided by the UNC system to the North Carolina legislature's Fiscal Research Division. It claimed that the system-wide average teaching load is 3.37 courses per professor per semester. Based on the Pope…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Online Courses, Teaching Load, Higher Education
Robinson, Jenna Ashley – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1), 2010
America's colleges and universities are supposed to be strongholds of classically liberal ideals, including the protection of individual rights and openness to debate and inquiry. Too often, this is not the case. Across the country, universities deny students and faculty their fundamental rights to freedom of speech and expression. The report…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Rating Scales
Schalin, Jay – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1), 2010
Does investing taxpayer money in higher education lead to major payoffs in economic growth? State legislators and policy makers say yes. They routinely advocate massive appropriations for university education and research, even in poor economic times, on the grounds that taxpayers will be rewarded many times over. The investment of federal funds…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, State Aid, Financial Support
Vickers, Melana Zyla – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1), 2010
Universities are providing extra time on tests, quiet exam rooms, in-class note-takers, and other assistance to college students with modest learning disabilities. But these policies are shrouded in secrecy. This paper, "Accommodating College Students with Learning Disabilities: ADD, ADHD, and Dyslexia," by Melana Zyla Vickers, examines…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, College Students, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
Robinson, Jenna Ashley – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1), 2009
"College Bound? Make the Right Choices" is the Pope Center's latest tool for improving colleges and universities "from the bottom up" through better choices. Its purpose is to help high school students and their parents become smarter purchasers of higher education. This booklet by Jenna Ashley Robinson helps young people think through what they…
Descriptors: College Preparation, College Bound Students, Guides, College Choice
Martin, Robert E. – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1), 2009
The focus of this essay is on the persistently rising costs in higher education and the role that incentives play in pushing those costs up. Data from the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics reveal that the rise in higher education cost exceeds the rise in service-sector prices and even the rise in health-care costs…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Finance, Income, Costs
Downs, Donald A. – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1), 2009
Although the term academic freedom is tossed about almost with abandon, many people do not know exactly what it means. This paper defines academic freedom, explains to whom it applies, and places it in its historical, institutional, and legal contexts. This paper also offers guidelines for deciding when and where the protection of academic freedom…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Faculty, College Students, Colleges
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