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I would like you to imagine the following situation: Sometime after graduation a college student is hired as an intern at his university’s newly founded Center for Leadership Studies (CLS, it would no doubt be called). Within the first year of the internship, the CLS wins a major grant to host an international symposium, and the new graduate is asked…

One the debates confronting liberal democracies is how to conceive of citizenship in an age of multiculturalism. Liberal political theorists regard citizenship as primary a legal entity that affords all individuals rights and protections from the power of the state, while multiculturalists contend that citizenship is essentially a cultural phenomenon that should be accorded to groups that are granted certain…

One of the most pressing and central problems in a democracy is that of political leadership. While it appears that democracy is a universally-lauded form of politics, there is no clear consensus as to the type of leadership which a democracy requires or needs. Given the dynamic and difficult landscape of the twenty-first century, the question of the type of…

Education is the task of crafting the souls of students; it is never simply about conveying information so that students can enlarge their body of knowledge. While education should indeed contribute to a student’s basic knowledge of facts and theories, its goal ultimately, is to cultivate a particular kind of human being.
The political philosopher, Leo Strauss, suggested that education with…

The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money. Bryan Caplan. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018.
 
According to Caplan, an economist professor at George Mason University, education is primarily about signaling: information about a person’s productivity is signaled to an employer by what sort of degree and certification a prospective employee possesses. While admitting that…

The Future of University Credentials: New Developments at the Intersection of Higher Education and Learning. Sean R. Gallagher. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2016.
 
Each year employers in the United States spend more than $120 billion annually on hiring while U.S. higher education is more than a $400 billion segment of the economy. Given the scale of these figures, Gallagher seeks to…

Making Sense of The College Curriculum: Faculty Stories of Change, Conflict, and Accommodation. Robert Zemsky, Gregory R. Wegner, and Ann J. Duffield. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2018.
 
In 1985, the Association of American Colleges (AAC) released Integrity in the College Curriculum, which criticized the undergraduate degree where grades have gone up, scholastic aptitude tests have gone down, and business employers…

Liberal Learning and the Great Christian Tradition. Gary W. Jenkins and Jonathan Yonan, eds. Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2015.
 
In the forward, Stratford Caldecott claims that education is in crisis because there is no coherent vision of what education is and should be for society. Liberal education, as defined by the trivium and quadrivium, was the traditional vehicle to teach students about…

Higher Calling: The Rise of Nontraditional Leaders in Academia. Scott C. Beardsley. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017.
 
According to Beardsley, a revolution is taking place among the leadership in American higher education: presidents, deans, and other administrators are coming from nontraditional paths than from the scholarly, tenure-track careers of the past. In 2012, 20% of all presidents came directly from…

Today the discipline of political science is faced with the challenges of demonstrating its public worth, finding employment for its doctoral students, and discovering a common language among its specialists (APSA 2014, 2015a, 2015b; Beltran et al. 2004; Brown-Dean 2015; Lupia 2014;  PS: Political Science & Politics 2015).[1] To address this situation, I recommend that political science departments create the…