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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
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
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
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
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
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
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