College and Path Determination in American Economic Life

The best single means of becoming such an economic winner is to gain admission to a top university

No Whining On Team Hillary

Hillary Clinton doesn’t have much sympathy for her former aide’s inability to “have it all.”

Release Of Jobs Report Gives Birth To The Unemployment Truthers

Within minutes after today’s Jobs Report was released, the conspiracy theorists began to come forward.

Harvard Says 125 Students May Have Cheated In ‘Introduction To Congress’ Class

Harvard has announced the discovery of what one official calls an “unprecedented” cheating scandal.

Neil Armstrong, First Man On The Moon, Dies At 82

A true pioneer passed away today.

Lawyers In Space!

Sally Ride the ‘Absent Heroine’?

Andrew Sullivan believes Sally Ride “had a chance to expand people’s horizons and young lesbians’ hope and self-esteem, and she chose not to.”

Mitch Daniels Next Purdue President: Is He Qualified?

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will become president of Purdue University upon completion of his term in January. The faculty is apprehensive because Daniels has not had an academic career.

Nicholas Katzenbach Dead at 90

Nicholas Katzenbach, a central figure in the civil rights fights of the 1960s, has died.

Social Science v. Santorum

A study of religiosity and young adults found that those who attend college are actually less likely to experience religious decline than those who do not attend college.

Rick Santorum Thinks Satan Has Taken Over America

Rick Santorum is Michele Bachmann level crazy. Yet he’s arguably the Republican frontrunner right now.

College Football Coaches Salaries Soar As College Budgets Fall

College football coaching salaries jumped 35 percent last year and 55 percent in the last six.

Reporters as Truth Arbiters

How far should the press go in challenging assertions by politicians?

Newt Gingrich, “Academic”

Trying to construct Gingrich’s c.v.

Graduate Students Unprepared for Graduation?

A consultant for would-be academics, says she wouldn’t have a job if professors would do theirs.

Why Congressional Staffers Lobby

Ezra Klein argues that there aren’t many jobs for which Hill experience is an asset.

Academia Embraces Social Media

Contrary to myth, the college classroom is a rapidly evolving place.

Austan Goolsbee Stepping Down

Austan Goolsbee is resigning as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors to return to the University of Chicago.

Higher Education Bubble: Another Brick in the Wall?

An increasing number of bright observers are questioning the notion that everyone needs to go to college.

How Not to Get Tenure

The experiences of two well-known academics denied tenure at Chicago provide some clues.

Why Do Social Conservatives Hate Contraceptives So Much?

The fight over Federal funding for Planned Parenthood seems to be about much more than whether taxpayer dollars should be going to Planned Parenthood.

Academia’s Liberal Bias

Yet another study finds conservatives wildly underrepresented in higher education.


Too Many PhDs

We’re producing more PhDs and JDs than there are full time openings for professors and lawyers.

America’s Intellectual Crisis

The institutions charged with solving our Information Age social problems are stuck in the Industrial Age.

What Good Is A College Education?

Does that degree you get at the end of your four years of college really mean anything anymore, and is it worth the money you paid for it?

Professor Sabbaticals Under Fire

Iowa Republicans are targeting professor sabbaticals, thus demonstrating that they understand neither higher ed nor economics.

So You Want a PhD in the Humanities?

The folks who gave us “So You Want to be a Lawyer?” follows up with “So You Want to Get a PhD in the Humanities?”

Elites: Americans But Not Of America?

Charles Murray argues that the Tea Party is right to complain about out-of-touch elites.

Putting a Price on Professors

There’s a trend toward using metrics to identify ways to stem the skyrocketing cost of higher education. The likeliest result is to devalue the “education” component.

More on Taxes and Incentives

More on Greg Mankiw’s thought experiment on taxes and incentives to work.

Is The Game Fixed?

A third of the Forbes 50 were born billionaires. Does that mean the game is fixed?

For-Profit Universities

For-profit universities are defrauding their students. Indeed, it’s their business model.

Does Harvard Discriminate Against Whites?

Rural whites are outperformed by Jews and Asians and passed over by blacks and Hispanics in the name of “diversity” by elite universities.

Is Academic Publishing BS?

Most academic journal articles are unreadable dreck. So, why are we demanding that more of them be produced?

Professor Fired for Catholic Beliefs?

The Fox News headline “University of Illinois Instructor Fired Over Catholic Beliefs” is grossly misleading.

LSU Facing Massive Cuts

LSU is facing some potential deep cuts in its budget.

PhD its Own Reward