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The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

U.S. Universities' Dangerous Lack of Foreign Gift Transparency

Rachelle Peterson

Colleges often don't disclose gifts from foreign governments, even when legally required. What are they hiding?

A Campus Free Speech Executive Order

Our recommendations for executive action on Free Speech. 

Leading GOP Politicians Oppose Campus Due Process

Mitchell Langbert

Politicians continue to oppose common-sense reform of Title IX. 

Today: Toolkit and Conference Call on Proposed Title IX Regulations

NAS

A citizen's guide to submitting a comment to the Department of Education.

Focus on Reining in the American Bar Association

Allen Mendenhall

Congress is divided, with Democrats holding a majority in the House and Republicans in the Senate. What does this mean for higher education? The first installment of our forum on the transfer of power. 

Comments On The Proposed Title IX Regulations

NAS

Peter Wood writes to Education Secretary DeVos with comments on the proposed Title IX regulations.

Harvard's Discrimination Isn't 'Likeable'

David Randall

Racial preferences are unpopular. Who would have thought?

Regulatory Discrimination: Why NAS Opposes the Gainful Employment Rule

NAS

NAS comments on the proposal to rescind the Gainful Employment Rule. 

Invitation to Comment on the Proposed Rescinding of the Gainful Employment Rule

NAS

The Department of Education has proposed to rescind the "Gainful Employment Rule." 

Reviving the American History for Freedom Program

Steve Balch

Former NAS President Steve Balch writes on the efforts to revive and refund AHF.

Weighing the Proposed Department of Education and the Workforce

NAS

President Trump floats a possible merger of the Department of Education and Labor. NAS weighs the proposal on its merits. 

An Open Call for Reviewers

NAS

The Department of Education is seeking grant reviewers.

Video: Education and the Federal Government

David Randall

NAS Director of Communications David Randall presents steps the Federal government should take to guarantee individual liberty on college campuses. 

Title IX Witch Trials

Michael Krauss

Michael Krauss reviews K.C. Johnson & Stuart Taylor's The Campus Rape Frenzy.

The Freedom to Learn Amendments 2.0

NAS

The National Association of Scholars has refined its proposed revisions to the Higher Education Act. What recommendations would you give to Congress?

The Freedom to Learn Amendments (Preliminary Draft)

NAS

The National Association of Scholars proposes revisions to the Higher Education Act. What recommendations would you give to Congress?

NAS Responds to DeVos’s Confirmation

NAS

The National Association of Scholars comments on Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education.

My Counsel to President-elect Trump on American Higher Education

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood offers the president-elect suggestions for the direction of higher education in the United States.

More OCR Follies

Peter Wood

A call for Congress to rein in the rogue Department of Education.

Summer 2016 Academic Questions: Infringements

NAS

The new issue of Academic Questions features essays depicting intrusions on free inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom to teach, and freedom to learn.

The Office for Civil Rights Overreaches on Transgender Mandate

NAS

Peter Wood signs an open letter calling on American civic leaders to uphold the rule of law and to protect the privacy and safety of the American public.

Safe Spaces or Free Speech? Intellectual Freedom and the Modern Campus

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood discusses the tension between safe spaces and free speech, clarifying the importance of intellectual freedom. 

Peter Wood: "The Common Core Is Dead"

Peter Wood

Do Common Core State Standards make sense to you? How do they affect you and your children? NAS President Peter Wood gets to the core of the matter. 

College Scorecard: How Much Will You Earn?

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood examines the fuzzy numbers of the U.S. Department of Education's new College Scorecard.

Indiana Teachers Union Opposing Sensible Reform

Jason Fertig

The Indiana State Teachers Association is opposing a proposal to grant teaching licenses to college graduates with good grades and work experience.

DOE's Sexual Harassment Guidelines Not a "Blueprint" for All Colleges

Ashley Thorne

A letter from the new head of the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights indicates that the Office may be moving away from its earlier unconstitutional policies on university discipline for sexual harassment.

Sexual Harassment: The Real Thing

Glenn Ricketts

This was genuine misconduct, and justice was well served.

OCR Harassment Guidelines And Campus Policies: The Latest

Glenn Ricketts

The implementation of OCR's campus harassment guidelines unfolds.  Bad gets worse.

Obama's Higher-Ed Agenda: A Series by Peter Wood

Ashley Thorne

A roundup of the articles in Peter Wood's series "Obama's Higher-Education Agenda"

One Year Later: OCR Stonewalls Objections to New Harassment Guidelines

Glenn Ricketts

Despite strong protests from NAS, FIRE and the AAUP,  OCR says nothing about its new harassment requirements

Proposed Changes in VAWA Could Further Undermine Due Process Rights on Campus

Glenn Ricketts

CEI attorney Hans Bader examines the implications of proposed revisions to VAWA

Better Citizens: Obama’s Higher-Education Agenda, Part 4A of 8

Peter Wood

In the fourth installment of his eight-part series, Peter Wood examines the president’s goal of using American higher education to inculcate progressive political values.

Sexual Harassment Industry Rides Rough at Yale

Glenn Ricketts

New guidelines from the US Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights stack an already slanted deck even more heavily against the accused.

US Education Dept. Flunks Statisitics 101

Glenn Ricketts

Preparing a report for possible use in analyzing eligibility for student loans by race, the Department of Education forgot to include African American default data. Mr. Ricketts wonders why.

Call For Civic Learning

Glenn Ricketts

Mr. Ricketts advocates the study of civics, but his idea of such a course differs from how the a recent DoED report interprets the subject.

FIRE Sends Open Letter to OCR on Sexual Harassment, NAS Co-Signs

Glenn Ricketts

We collaborate with FIRE against OCR guidelines that trivialize sexual harassment with severe results to the careers of those frivolously charged.

NAS Signs Open Letter Asking OCR to Better Define Sexual Harassment

Ashley Thorne

NAS joins ten other organizations in requesting the Office for Civil Rights to use the Supreme Court's standard in defining student sexual harassment in higher education.

The Presidential Candidates' Higher Ed Policies

Ashley Thorne

At the Pope Center, Jenna Ashley Robinson has a helpful roundup of the Republican presidential candidates' stated higher education policies. 

By the Content of Their Character

Glenn Ricketts

A summary of where we stand on group-based preferences, what we've done, and where we're going.

New Diversity Guidelines, Same Old Problems

Glenn Ricketts

Over at NRO, Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity has this useful discussion of the Obama adminitration's new "guidance" for colleges and universities seeking to enhance racial "diversity" without getting in trouble with the law. 

Video: Trevor Gast on Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

A student loan expert weighs in on loan forgiveness: "it's really putting a band-aid on a much bigger problem."

OCR's New Sexual Harassment Guidelines Threaten Academic Freedom, Due Process

Glenn Ricketts

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has mandated new guidelines for processing sexual harassment cases on college campuses. Watch out: it's going to be much easier to find you guilty.

Higher Sex Ed

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood examines the bewildering state of sexuality on many contemporary college campuses.

J'accuse! Feds "Discourage" Due Process

Jonathan Bean

 Colleges have already thrown out old-fashioned notions of civil liberties, so they are all too happy to presume guilt. 

Feds Gut Due Process in "Sexual Harassment" Cases

Jonathan Bean

The Office of Civil Rights for the Department of Education has retreated from its firm stance in favor of due process and put forth a new standard for enforcing campus sexual harassment codes based on "the preponderance of evidence" (rather than "clear and convincing" evidence). 

Sexual Harassment: Probably Guilty is Good Enough

Glenn Ricketts

Recently, the US Dept. of Education's Office for Civil Rights mandated a new standard of proof for campus sexual misconduct procedures. Watch out, because it's going to be a LOT easier to find you guilty.

The Core Between the States

Peter Wood

Where did the national movement for a "Common Core" in K-12 education come from, who supports it, and what it will mean for higher education?

The Education Dimaryp

Will Fitzhugh

A visual commentary on the priorities in American public schools.

For-Profit Colleges on the Brink, Part 2

Peter Wood

Peter Wood continues his series examining the case for preserving for-profits.

For-Profit Colleges on the Brink

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reviews the Obama administration’s assault on for-profit colleges in the first of a series.

A Regulatory Assault on For-Profit Higher Education

Richard J. Bishirjian

How the attacks on for-profit higher ed are squashing needed competition.

Fighting City Hall: Is It Worth It?

Richard J. Bishirjian

A new accreditation criterion will require online schools such as Yorktown University to become licensed in every state represented by its students.

Disparate Impact and Higher Education: Here Comes the DOE

Glenn Ricketts

Since the 1971 Supreme Court case Griggs v. Duke Power Company, employers have been held liable for using hiring tests on which minorities perform worse than non-minorities. The liability may become greater with the new crack-down on "disparate impact" in colleges and universities.

Obama-Care Meets Obama-Ed

Peter Wood

The health care bill isn't the only government takeover Obama is seeking to pass through "reconciliation." He's also looking to take control of the student loan industry.

Arne Duncan on Student Lending

George Leef

In today's Wall Street Journal, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan contributes a piece entitled "Banks Don't Belong in the Student Loan Business." What he opposes is federally subsidized bank loans and I'm with him on that. Subsidizing student loans is no better policy than subsidizing home loans. Where we part company is in his approval of direct government loans, which he wants to increase so that more students can "realize the dream of getting a college education." As I have frequently pointed out, a college degree is what many students want. Relatively few dream of education. Low-cost loans entice large numbers of young people who gain little if anything in the way of lasting knowledge and skills into college, where they pile of debts they'll have a hard time repaying once they get into the labor force and get a job that most high school kids could do. Besides that, nothing in the Constitution authorizes the federal government to lend money for this or any other purpose.

Dem Bones, Dem Barebones Education...

Peter Wood

Online education gains respectability as the wave of the future.

Endangered Colleges

Ashley Thorne

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a list of 114 private non-profit colleges that failed the Department

A Bill Becomes a Law

Peter Wood

NAS president Steve Balch and executive director Peter Wood tell about the American History for Freedom Program, a tiny gem in the massive newly-passed Higher Education Act.

The Shaggy Dog Story: Has 'Reading First' Flopped?

Ashley Thorne

After the Department of Education released a study indicating the failure of federal initiative Reading First, NAS seized the moment to ponder such programs' efficacy in teaching children to read.

Igloo Building: A Primer on the Financial Aid Fiasco

Peter Wood

A glimpse at the student loan crisis and its implications for the academic world.

Fortunes from Foreigners

We encourage you to send us information you deem relevant, concerning full disclosure of large foreign gifts. We invite you to be attentive to this matter at both your current universities of contact and your own alma mater.