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

'Secret Science' Rule Delayed Until Next Year

David Randall

Last month the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency announce that the proposed rule "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science would not be finalized before 2020. This development has led to speculation the reform is will disappear into bureaucratic limbo. 

Bad Science Makes for Bad Government

David Randall

The government needs to form rules to ensure that the exercise of scientific expertise can itself be independently reproduced and verified.

Algorithmic Bias

Peter Wood

Peter Wood's open letter encouraging Senator Josh Hawley, and other members of Congress to confront big tech's censorship of scientists.

GOP Senators Are Blowing It on Free Speech

Rachelle Peterson

Congress is increasingly interested in free speech but only express platitudes on the issue. 

Free to Speak: A Toolkit for Reforming the Higher Education Act

NAS

Do you want to protect free thought on campus? Help NAS reform the Higher Education Act by using the tools in this handy toolkit!

Toolkit and Conference Call on “Free to Speak”

Rachelle Peterson

Join the NAS this Friday, May 3rd as we discuss free speech protections for the Higher Education Act. 

The Higher Education Act Must Protect Free Speech

Rachelle Peterson

More than 100 scholars and institutions sign a petition asking Congress to protect First Amendment rights on campus through the HEA. 

China’s Insidious Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

Senator Rob Portman asks the right questions on Beijing-funded Confucius Institutes.

Criticizing Confucius Institutes

NAS

Three new reports from the federal government and from the UK reiterate NAS’s concerns: Confucius Institutes need to go. 

China Infiltrates US Colleges and Universities

NAS

NAS Director of Policy, Rachelle Peterson was interviewed by Fox New earlier this month on Beijing's continued effort to plant a stake at American colleges. 

Senate Republicans' Higher Ed Agenda Leaves Much to be Desired

Rachelle Peterson

The Senate’s outgoing education chairman is focusing on reforms that are worthwhile but paltry compared to the problems of politicization and trivialization in higher education.

Congress Needs to Strengthen Scientific Reproducibility Standards

David Randall

National policy should be based on reproducible science. 

Leading GOP Politicians Oppose Campus Due Process

Mitchell Langbert

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

Reform by Executive Order

Thomas K. Lindsay

Congressional reform of higher education is a long shot. Can the President push reform from the bully pulpit?

The Dog that Didn’t Bark

Steve Balch

Steve Balch explains that higher education reform under President Trump has a rocky road ahead. 

Work on Federal Student Aid Reform and Free Speech

Rachelle Peterson

Congress should reform student aid and protect intellectual freedom. 

Opposing Communist Chinese Spies Isn’t Racist

Rachelle Peterson

Is it racist to protect American colleges from foreign meddling? 

Time to Found a New University

Warren Treadgold

A major new university dedicated to academic excellence and freedom is what America needs.
 

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. 

Curriculum Vitae: Episode #3

NAS

Peter W. Wood sits down with KC Johnson to unpack what happened to Title IX and what should be done to fix it.

Racial Preferences at Harvard

NAS

NAS Board Member Professor Gail Heriot introduces a panel on Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard.

Making Government Policy Reproducible

NAS

NAS urges the Department of Transportation to create transparent guidelines on data and research methodology.

Angri-culture and Disagreement

Peter Wood

Testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on the state of intellectual freedom in the United States. 

Low Expectations: A Toolkit for the Aim Higher Act

Rachelle Peterson

A citizen's toolkit to the Aim Higher Act. 

Aim Higher Act: Setting Lower Standards for Higher Ed

NAS

An analysis of the House Democrats' alternative to the PROSPER Act. 

Helping Higher Education Prosper

Rachelle Peterson

The Higher Education Act is in need of reform. What will replace it, and what can you do to help?

Texas Association of Scholars Supports the PROSPER Act

NAS

The Texas affiliate of NAS writes to Congress in support of the PROSPER Act.

Making Higher Education Accountable

David Randall

How do we get from "Admissions Officer" to "Pell Grant Harvester"? David Randall gives us the story and how to reform colleges in this speech from Grove City College.

How The Great Society Made a Mess of Higher Education

Spencer Kashmanian

"LBJ's federal interventions created a system in which students are the greatest losers."

Defense Bill Limits Funding for Colleges with Confucius Institutes

NAS

An amendment by Senator Ted Cruz targets Department of Defense funding for colleges. 

NAS State Affiliates Support the PROSPER Act

Rachelle Peterson

NAS state affiliates write in on the PROSPER Act.

The Establishment Defends Irreproducibility

David Randall

NAS Director of Research David Randall argues that high reproducibility standards are practical.

Reviving the American History for Freedom Program

Steve Balch

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

Oregon Campuses Need Intellectual Freedom

Bruce Gilley

NAS Oregon Affiliate President Bruce Gilley writes in support of the PROSPER Act.

The PROSPER Act: An Updated Toolkit on the Higher Education Act

NAS

A citizen's guide to the Higher Education Reauthorization Act. 

UPDATED: NAS Public Comment on Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science

NAS

NAS has submitted an updated public comment to the EPA on the proposed rule to increase transparency in science used to make public policy.

Invitation: Inside the PROSPER Act

Rachelle Peterson

Join our conference call on Friday, June 22, to learn about the Higher Education Act reauthorization.

NAS Reform Ideas Announced in Congress

NAS

In a speech to the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx quoted extensively from NAS's Rachelle Peterson on the Higher Education Act. 

Congress, Pass the PROSPER Act for Federal Student Aid Reform

Rachelle Peterson

The PROSPER Act represents the best chance for higher education reform in decades.

NAS Applauds Ted Cruz's Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act

NAS

NAS is pleased to see the introduction of this new bill which provides further transparency of foreign governments' activities on American campuses.

PROSPER Act: A Strong Start to Higher Ed Reform

A statement on proposed reforms to the Higher Education Act

Freedom to Learn: A Toolkit on the Higher Education Act

NAS

A citizen's toolkit on the Higher Education Act reauthorization and reform.

NAS Public Comment on Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science

NAS

NAS has submitted a public comment to the EPA on the proposed rule to increase transparency in science used to make public policy.

Hanban Triage: A DC Panel Tries to Save Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

A thorough analysis of the recent Confucius Institute event held in Washington, D.C.

Countering Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

Introducing the first NAS Confucius Institutes toolkit that provides resources and ideas to address these Chinese government-funded centers.

Senator Rubio Calls Attention to Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

This morning, in a Senate hearing on worldwide threats to the United States, FBI Director Christopher Wray acknowledged that the FBI has been monitoring and investigating Confucius Institutes.

American Universities Are Welcoming China’s Trojan Horse

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson writes on China's use of soft power to influence students at American universities. 

Spinning Wheels

NAS

Robert Maranto writes about how education reformers can work effectively.

NAS Urges Office of Management and Budget to Reject New Racial Categories

Peter Wood

The U.S. Census should not be a tool for advancing the interests of any political party and should be above the fray.

The Case for Income Share Agreements

David Randall

An alternative to student loans, ISAs allow for private investors to pay a student's tuition for returns in future income.

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?

Can Federal Funding Leverage Free Speech?

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood writes about the possibility of removing federal funding from universities that do not protect intellectual freedom.  

More OCR Follies

Peter Wood

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

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.

Common Core Damage Will Last for Years to Come

Chance Layton

NAS President Peter Wood, in a recent Heartlander article, explains the failures of Common Core and why it’s in the process of leaving America’s public schools.

Proposed Education Act Would Shortchange Students

Sandra Stotsky

Sandra Stotsky argues that the new version of No Child Left Behind will leave low-income students behind because it lacks an important requirement for teachers' competence in their subjects.

Why the Education Department's "gainful employment" rule is futile

George Leef

George Leef argues that the "gainful employment" rule will reduce students' options for employment without helping them avoid debt.

Assigning Blame for the Degradation of Higher Ed

George Leef

Establishment voices blame critics and innovators for the degradation of higher ed.

An Open Letter to Penn State Employees

Matthew Woessner

Professor Matthew Woessner of Penn State calls for civil resistance to the university's new health-care requirements.

Federal Loan Interest Rate Doubles

Ashley Thorne

Time is up, and future student borrowers will feel the sting of government control of higher education finance as a 6.8 percent interest rate on Stafford loans goes into effect.

No Child Left Behind, Ten Years Later

Crystal Plum

Robert Maranto and Rod Paige review NCLB's effects on American public education.

Retired Officers Join Obama Administration in Fisher Case

R. Lawrence Purdy

A group of veterans seek to annul the longstanding guarantee of “equal opportunity” without regard to race.

Ask a Scholar: Welfare, Single Mothers, and Marriage

Lawrence M. Mead

A politics scholar addresses the question, "Should marriage be a condition included in welfare reform? Would welfare benefits incentivize women to get married?"

Regulatory Overreach

Richard Vedder

Richard Vedder says the approval by the House of Representatives of a bill ending credit-hour and “state authorization” legislation is an important step in reining in the Obama administration.

How to Save the Social Sciences

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood explains how to approach NSF funding in the social sciences during a national budgetary crisis.

Peter Wood is Witness at Hearing on Value of Social Sciences to Taxpayers

Ashley Thorne

Peter Wood urged for "cuts to be made shrewdly" to national funding for the social sciences.

Video: Peter Wood Gives Congressional Testimony on Social Science Research

Ashley Thorne

Peter Wood argues before Congress that the National Science Foundation (NSF) should continue to fund research in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, but that it should make strategic cuts to unscientific programs.

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?

How Campus Ethnic Groups Drive Political Conformity: An Interview with Brittney Morrett

Ashley Thorne

A recent college graduate reflects on a Latino fraternity's decision to officially denounce laws restricting illegal immigration.

Video: The Federal Takeover of Higher Education

Peter Wood spoke about the effects of federal direct lending on rising generations and higher education at a panel with the Family Research Council.

Budget Cuts Loom for "Frivolous" Language Programs

Ashley Thorne

Will reduced federal funding for Title VI foreign language study hurt national competence or help cut academic waste?

How Dense are AAUW Members?

George Leef

The American Association of University Women Action Network is pushing for passage of an idiotic bit of federal meddling in the labor market, the Paycheck Fairness Act. We're told that this is "a man's issue, too" because some men might benefit if his spouse or significant other received a mandatory pay increase. So paying women more is good for everyone! Naturally, there is no consideration whatsoever of the unseen costs and unintended consequences that would have a deleterious impact on women and men. Evidently, AAUW members are expected to check their thinking caps at the door and just go along with their leadership. Also delightfully absurd is the admonition to "give Dad the gift of AAUW membership for Father's Day" because "it literally pays dividends." No, it doesn't pay dividends at all. Not literally. Not even figuratively.

Textbooks: The Feds Should Keep Out

George Leef

In today's Pope Center article, Professors Don Boudreaux and Roger Meiners write about the recent law that lets the federal camel get its nose under the textbook tent. The argue that the law will have little or no positive effect, but some unintended, negative effects.

The State of the University

Ashley Thorne

What President Obama's State of the Union address means for the future of higher education.

Building Sandcastles or Filling Holes?

Ashley Thorne

Andrew Smarick holds the White House accountable for its use of education stimulus funds.

Politicizing the NEH

Peter Wood

The new chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities wants to correct Americans' "disrespectful" attitude towards Muslim culture. He is also annoyed at culture warriors and excitable people at town halls. NEH seems next on the list of government agencies to be politicized.

The Cave

Peter Wood

It's October - time to pay attention to recent and upcoming trends in higher education, like the student loan crisis, the rise of distance learning, the therapeutic campus, and sustainability.

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.

Save It or Scrap It?

Peter Wood

Come the next presidency, what's to be done with No Child Left Behind?

Fortunes from Foreigners

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