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Schalin, Jay – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2020
Two conditions are needed to effect large-scale reforms in academia: a hierarchical, top-down system of governance that can enact sweeping changes, and for that system to be controlled or heavily influenced by those outside the system. Strong board governance provides both of those conditions. Most university boards, especially the public ones,…
Descriptors: Governing Boards, Governance, Higher Education, College Administration
Robinson, Jenna A.; Maitra, Sumantra – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2020
Higher education is in crisis. Revenues from all sources are expected to decrease at both public and private universities. The current crisis will raise existential questions for small and mid-tier institutions. Only universities with massive endowments and highly competitive admissions will escape the effects of the coming enrollment cliff.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, COVID-19, Universities, Educational Finance
Pullmann, Joy; Maitra, Sumantra – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2020
How much of academia is infiltrated by activists? Some conservatives claim that "neo-Marxism" and its sister paradigms like feminist pedagogy, post-structuralism, and post-modernism have long infected certain departments in the humanities and social sciences. Those paradigms have now spread to more disciplines and funding committees.…
Descriptors: Activism, Higher Education, Departments, Political Attitudes
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2020
University students are America's future leaders in business, science, politics, philanthropy, and education. It is essential that universities provide for them an environment where the pursuit of truth and open inquiry are uninhibited. They must be exposed to differing ideas, engage in civil debate, and learn to appreciate America's tradition of…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, College Environment, Educational Policy, Federal Legislation
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2020
Academia's primary mission is the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge in a free, neutral, and unbiased manner. The expression of dissenting opinions is crucial to this mission and to achieve a well-examined understanding of the world. Thus, "Institutional Neutrality" is a guiding principle that states institutions of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Institutional Characteristics, Political Attitudes
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2020
Viewpoint diversity is essential to the academic mission of colleges and universities. Academic freedom, open inquiry, honest debate, and the search for truth rely on diverse viewpoints being welcomed and protected on campus. In the past three decades, university faculty and administrators have become overwhelmingly liberal. This orthodoxy of…
Descriptors: Diversity, Political Attitudes, College Faculty, World Views
Schalin, Jay – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2019
Few institutions receive more attention and more funding than our education system. And it certainly warrants that attention; after all, education plays a big part in determining the future. Reformers abound, for both higher education and the K-12 system. But they have largely missed one of the most crucial components of education, our schools of…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Politics of Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Course Descriptions
Connor, Thomas – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2019
In 2017, the North Carolina legislature passed House Bill 527 (now State Law 2017-196) in order to foster free, open inquiry in the state's colleges and universities. One of the provisions ordered the University of North Carolina (UNC) system Board of Governors to produce an annual report on two major categories of intellectual freedom: free…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Universities, College Faculty, College Students
Majeed, Azhar; Robinson, Jenna – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2018
This report examines the speech and assembly protections for students and faculty members at North Carolina's universities, both public and private. It is a follow-up to the 2010 report, "Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech? A Review of Campus Speech Codes." In the eight years since the publication of that report, North…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, College Students, College Faculty, Civil Rights
Horzempa, Magdalene – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2018
In 2017, the North Carolina legislature passed House Bill 527 (now State Law 2017-196) in order to foster free, open inquiry in the state's colleges and universities. One of the provisions ordered the University of North Carolina system Board of Governors to produce an annual report on two major categories of intellectual freedom: free speech and…
Descriptors: State Universities, Freedom of Speech, Institutional Characteristics, Intellectual Freedom
Robinson, Jenna A. – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2017
For nearly 50 years, the cost of higher education has risen faster than the pace of inflation, with federal student aid contributing to increasing tuition. In 1987, Secretary of Education William J. Bennett penned a "New York Times" article, "Our Greedy Colleges," in which he wrote, "If anything, increases in financial aid…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid, Universities