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James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2024
The surest measure of a successful college or university is the academic success of its students. True academic success requires incoming students to be academically prepared for college rigor, and is demonstrated by the availability of high-quality academic programs and evidence of personal and professional growth in the years after students'…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Accountability, Higher Education, Course Descriptions
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2024
American colleges and universities are failing at civic education. Too many graduates are ignorant of basic facts about American history and institutions. According to its most recent report on what colleges and universities teach students, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) found that only 214 institutions out of 1,135 (about 19…
Descriptors: Civics, Higher Education, United States History, Government (Administrative Body)
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2024
Public university governing boards exist to serve the people of their states. It should, therefore, be easy for the public to know what governing bodies are doing. University governance, however, isn't always as transparent as it should be. Often, the public is given little advance notice of when and where meetings will be held and what issues…
Descriptors: College Administration, Governance, Universities, Educational Change
Watkins, Shannon – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2023
Higher education serves many purposes. One purpose dominates, however: to students, their parents, future employers, government officials, and many academic administrators, higher education is all about preparing students for the professional workforce. Other requirements, such as general education programs, are considered to be of lesser…
Descriptors: General Education, Learning Processes, Skill Development, Program Design
Shaw, Harrington; Kissel, Adam – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2023
Numerous degree programs throughout the UNC System equip students with the requisite knowledge and skills for meaningful careers that generate excellent returns for both alumni and the North Carolina economy. This talent pool attracts businesses and residents to the state, expanding job opportunities, further developing the labor force, and…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Debt (Financial), Income, College Graduates
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2023
Historically, higher learning was based on the study of the Great Works of thought of the Western canon. These works span a broad range of time, from the Classical period, to early Christianity, and the Enlightenment, all the way to the 20th century. Presently, close study of Great Works is less common at most mainstream colleges and universities.…
Descriptors: Literature Appreciation, History, Higher Education, Literature
Schalin, Jay – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2022
Can an academic institution be truly free if it relies on government funding? Federal dollars mean federal mandates, and those mandates grow increasingly draconian. More and more, they stifle debate on open questions, demand denial of verifiable scientific truths, eliminate due process for students accused of misdeeds by other students, or insist…
Descriptors: Colleges, Institutional Autonomy, Private Schools, Tuition
Kissel, Adam; Laura Beltz,; Robinson, Jenna A. – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2022
The U.S. and West Virginia constitutions acknowledge the right to free speech, which must be protected at public colleges, but Senate Bill 657, which became law in 2021, requires that public colleges protect "any lawful verbal and nonverbal speech." Furthermore, many private colleges also promise free speech to their students. However a…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Public Colleges, Private Colleges, College Students
Schalin, Jay – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2022
For decades, observant Americans have looked upon institutions of higher learning with dismay. The reasons for their anxiety varied; some were upset at the increasing politicization, others at rising costs, and so on. But it seemed as if there were no way to turn back the tide of higher education's degradation. That may be starting to change.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Equal Education, Justice
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2022
Institutions of higher education face a great deal of pressure to be accessible, inclusive, and diverse, but these goals should not come at the expense of maintaining high standards. Universal and vigilantly enforced standards exist not only to safeguard students' best interests, but are crucial to the academic integrity and core educational…
Descriptors: College Admission, Admission Criteria, Academic Standards, College Readiness
Yenor, Scott; Miller, Anna K. – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2022
Critical Social Justice (CSJ) poses a threat to higher education and to the American way of life. This ideology divides the world into aggrieved minorities and oppressive majorities, reducing people to a group identity grounded in immutable characteristics such as race and sex. It is based on a distorted view of what a human being is, compromising…
Descriptors: State Universities, Social Justice, Educational Policy, Educational Change
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2021
Today, colleges and universities use overt admissions preferences to create student bodies that reflect the ethnic, racial, or gender demographics of the population--at the expense of academic merit and preparedness. While the original aim of the policy was to end discrimination and promote fairness, it has led to unequal treatment on the basis of…
Descriptors: College Admission, Admission Criteria, Equal Education, Preferences
James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2021
Affirmative action is framed as a way to end discrimination and promote equality. However, it has led to unequal treatment of students on the basis of race, gender, economic status and national origin. This paper recommends steps that policymakers can take to protect education and academic merit. It also provides specific policy guidelines for…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Admission, Minority Group Students, White Students
Baskerville, Stephen – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2021
In this Martin Center policy brief, "Scholastic Gag Orders: NDAs, Mandatory Arbitration, and the Legal Threat to Academics," Stephen Baskerville explores how non-disparagement agreements (NDAs) and mandatory arbitration (MA) provide a veil of legally enforced secrecy, shielding administrations from negative publicity, professional…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Freedom of Speech, Legal Problems, Disclosure
La Noue, George R. – James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, 2021
Everywhere in higher education, there is a rhetorical affirmation of the values of free speech and the development of informed citizens. North Carolina's state motto in Latin is Esse Quam Videri, which translates to "To Be Rather Than to Seem." So it is reasonable to research what kind of speech actually exists on North Carolina…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Freedom of Speech, Higher Education, Campuses
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