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Higher Education Reforms: A Wish List for 2022

The Wilson Library on the campus of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

Every year at about this time, the Martin Center staff compiles a list of reforms and improvements that we would like to see adopted (or at least considered) during the coming year. We have just published our new list.

Jenna Robinson would like to see the University of North Carolina system end admissions discrimination and political litmus tests in faculty hiring.

I would like to see colleges and universities get serious about assessing how much or how little students learn and to implement required courses in logic and argumentation.

Jay Schalin wants to see college and university governing boards stop acting like potted plants and for schools of education either to either teach material that future teachers will find useful or cease to exist.

Shannon Watkins would like to see syllabi at public universities as well as meetings of university governing boards made available to the public.

Ashlynn Warta hopes to see more schools adopt the Chicago Principles for freedom of speech on campus and dump “diversity” courses from their general education curricula.

Finally, Sumantra Maitra would like to see colleges defund their “diversity, equity, and inclusion” bureaucracies and revive classical history studies.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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