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  • Let's Change the Student Loan Program
    Minding the Campus on December 23, 2010

    Thousands of British university students walked out of classes on November 24 to protest the cuts in governmental subsidies. Demonstrations in a dozen cities were mostly peaceful, but several dozen students occupied part of Oxford's Bodleian Library and protesters in London set fires outside government offices in Whitehall where two police officers were injured in skirmishes.

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  • Student Apathy - Public Enemy Number One
    Minding the Campus on November 1, 2010

    15 hours per week are justified with noting how involved these students are with other extracurricular activities. I have heard a student with a 3.7 GPA state that "my professor expects three hours per class period of outside studying - I barely spend five hours a week total on all of my classes." I have also had a student with a young child tell me that her essay she submitted was of such poor quality because she only had 30 minutes to work on it for the whole week, and this was the best that she could do.

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  • Cognitive Dissonance and Historically Black Colleges
    Minding the Campus on October 29, 2010

    Should all-black colleges exist in 2010?

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  • The Forty-Year Failure of American Sociology
    Minding the Campus on October 21, 2010

    I hesitate to criticize sociology or sociologists. After all I am now at nearly a lifetime in the discipline, which I have taught for more than thirty years. But I would be dishonest if I did not acknowledge that throughout that time I have been a dissident in the field, a role, protected by tenure, which has challenged a complacency that some--mistakenly--now put at the doorstep of tenure.

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  • Academic Conferences: the Oppressed Versus the Oppressors
    Minding the Campus on October 18, 2010

    About this time of year, faculty members seek relief from their stressful campus existence by flocking to such fun-filled destinations as Orlando and Las Vegas for their annual professional conferences. However, these workaholics never are far removed from their sociopolitical agendas, which are available for the world to see in workshop descriptions laid out in colorful conference programs. The emphasis plainly is less on raising the professors' own levels of knowledge than on elevating the consciousness of students on the need for radical transformation of society along redistributionist lines.

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  • Political Correctness Is the New Puritanism
    Minding the Campus on October 15, 2010

    One of the saddest effects of the plague of political correctness that infects most selective campuses is the rampant dissatisfaction and unhappiness it produces. Those who care enormously about the purity of anything are often frustrated by even rumors of deviation from perfection.

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  • Don't Pay Sticker Price, Part 2---the National Universities
    Minding the Campus on October 13, 2010

    In examining the gulf between sticker price and real cost, let's consider the top 10 national universities as defined by U.S. News & World Report in its most recent rankings.

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  • Don't Pay Sticker Price for College
    Minding the Campus on October 12, 2010

    Jeffrey Selingo, the editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, should have known better. He told ABC News: "students that maybe 10 or 15 years ago came from families who can easily afford to pay for their son's or daughter's education are now being forced to apply for financial aid." That sounds like an obvious statement on college costs, but it's wrong.

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  • Toward Curricular Change in the Academy
    Minding the Campus on October 7, 2010

    For all the hand-wringing about "diversity" by the professoriate and college administrators, one of the more striking features about the academy is the absence of intellectual diversity among instructional faculty, especially in the social sciences and humanities.

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  • This Is a Bold New Plan for Higher Ed?
    Minding the Campus on October 4, 2010

    Mark C. Taylor's Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities (Knopf) is neither as bold nor as innovative as he would like us to believe.

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