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An Island of Academic Rigor in the Sea of Mediocrity

Writing for the Pope Center today, Prof. Ross Emmett and student Rachel Penn of Michigan State’s James Madison College show that there’s at least one island of academic rigor in the sea of mediocrity that American higher education has become. Read their article here.

Most of our sharp and energetic students will find their ways to the educational programs that offer true value and insist on results. The challenge we face is not in dragging more of the weak and academically disengaged students into college for easy courses, but to avoid having our able students waste their time in dumbed-down courses with low expectations.

George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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