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Bloodletting Over an Anthology

56 Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 10:31:41 (EST)

American poetry circles have seen nothing like this since the teeth-gnashing of the "Foetry" skirmish in 2004.

The uproar now is over a review of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, a collection compiled and introduced by Rita Dove -- a former US Poet Laureate, the 1987...

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Paging the 'On-Buzz Man': Students' Creative Spelling Screw-Ups

3 Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 02:18:30 (EST)

I got a kick out of my fellow Lingua Franca blogger Lucy Ferriss's observations on how a spell-check error--a word that is approved or offered up by a word-processing program, but is very much the wrong word--can produce a sort of verbal serendipity. She writes:

Relying on spell...

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The End of College Admissions As We Know It

Posted September 1, 2011 | 19:36:52 (EST)

By Kevin Carey

While I write a lot about higher education, I've always tried to avoid college admissions as a topic. The large majority of college students attend schools that have either open or relatively non-selective admissions policies. Yet media coverage of higher education obsessively focuses on the selective admissions...

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A Call to Reassert Our National Leadership Over College Sports

Posted August 9, 2011 | 19:36:10 (EST)

Kirk Schulz, the president of Kansas State University, is one of more than 50 college leaders who will travel to Indianapolis early next week for a high-level NCAA retreat. (Check out this story on the summit, which outlines some of the tough questions the presidents plan to address.)...

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Student Aid Teeters in the Debt-Ceiling Debate

Posted July 29, 2011 | 18:08:01 (EST)

As I watched the seemingly endless debt-ceiling drama in the U.S. House of Representatives unfold last night on CNN, I wondered if I was witnessing a moment in higher-education history that one day might be recalled as the point when short-term political gamesmanship won out over the country's long-term economic...

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How Will Colleges Innovate As The Market Is Disrupted?

Posted July 13, 2011 | 12:12:37 (EST)

Remember cellphones in the early 1990s? They were either installed in a car or you had to carry a bulky bag around with you--that is, if you could get decent signal. Few then thought they would become the ubiquitous devices they are today.

Cellphones were a "disruptive innovation." That's the...

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Are Men Funnier Than Women?

Posted June 23, 2011 | 12:27:50 (EST)

In 2007, Christopher Hitchens wrote an essay for Vanity Fair arguing that, on the whole, women aren't very funny. It was meant to elicit a strong reaction (as proof, the word "provocation" appears above the headline) and, boy, did it. Even now, four years later, the essay still...

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College Admissions and the Adolescent Brain

Posted June 21, 2011 | 11:51:48 (EST)

Los Angeles -- Admissions officers often talk about trying to get inside the heads of high-school students, but JoAnn Deak knows the terrain quite well. After all, she's been studying the human brain for decades.

On Monday morning, Ms. Deak, a psychologist who specializes in childhood development, spoke here at...

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When College Presidents Exit the Public Square

Posted June 17, 2011 | 14:04:04 (EST)

Toronto -- The public square where ideas are debated is shrinking as academics increasingly shy away from speaking out on topics that might cause controversy.

That was the message from William Ayers on Thursday during a taped speech he delivered here at the Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education....

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As Ohio State Scandal Widens, Will Its President Survive?

Posted June 7, 2011 | 17:44:33 (EST)

Scroll through the NCAA's infractions database, and you'll find scores of colleges that cast aside coaches and compliance officers when bad things happened. What you won't find are many college presidents or athletic directors who took the fall. Will Ohio State be different?

E. Gordon Gee's handling of the scandal...

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Portraits of Commencement 2011: A Marriage Proposal and Some Notable Long Journeys

Posted June 7, 2011 | 17:40:00 (EST)

Tamiko Crawford always gets nervous in front of crowds, so as she walked across the stage last month at Saint Leo University's commencement for its Virginia campus, she concentrated on collecting her diploma and not falling down.

Such was her focus that she did not immediately recognize the guy blocking...

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What If You Had to Know Your Future Income Before You Applied for a Student Loan?

Posted June 2, 2011 | 11:21:44 (EST)

The Education Department will finally release the "gainful employment" rule today. In short, this much-anticipated and much-debated regulation would cut off federal student aid to vocational programs whose graduates carry high debt loads and have low loan-repayment rates.

Some at traditional nonprofit colleges have been looking forward to...

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