The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal Dedicated to excellence in higher education--especially in North Carolina. The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal is a nonprofit institute dedicated to improving higher education in North Carolina and the nation.
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Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, it has been an independent 501(c)(3) organization since 2003. It was known as the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy until January 2017.

Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, it has been an independent 501(c)(3) organization since 2003. It was known as the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy until January 2017.

Mission: Our goals are to improve colleges and universities, especially in North Carolina. We want to: * Increase the diversity of ideas taught, debated, and discussed on campus; * Encourage respect for the institutions that underlie economic prosperity and freedom of action and conscience; * Increase the quality of teaching and students' commitment to learning so that they graduate with strong literacy and fundamental knowledge; * Encourage cost-effective administration and governance.

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The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal
01/03/2021

The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

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01/02/2021

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01/01/2021
"Higher education’s current structure doesn’t incentivize professors to be excellent and attentive teachers. Instead, ac...
12/29/2020
True Learning Starts With Real Mentorship — The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

"Higher education’s current structure doesn’t incentivize professors to be excellent and attentive teachers. Instead, academics’ job stability and professional prestige is much more dependent on producing a steady output of “original” research than on mentoring students—no matter how obscure or arcane their subject of inquiry might be."

https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2020/12/true-learning-starts-with-real-mentorship/

There’s a chasm between the purpose of a liberal arts education and how many colleges and universities actually operate. Throughout academia, excessive value is placed on efficiency, research publications, and prestige—things that are, at best, ancillary to a liberal education’s central purpos...

"At least some colleges have taken their advising problems seriously. Arizona State University created an eAdvisor that ...
12/28/2020
The Importance of College Advisors for Academic Success — The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

"At least some colleges have taken their advising problems seriously. Arizona State University created an eAdvisor that 'helps students explore majors, understand degree requirements and track progress toward their degree.'"

https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2020/12/the-importance-of-college-advisors-for-academic-success/

When planning their college years, students want reliable advisors who can help them pick the right major and classes. As most students are not on campus during COVID-19, high-quality early advising may determine whether they will graduate on time. Even before the pandemic, graduation rates across h...

12/25/2020
Tom Wolfe's "I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel" is one of the top ten books we'd like for Christmas. What books do you wan...
12/23/2020
10 Books We’d Like to Find Under the Christmas Tree in 2020 — The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

Tom Wolfe's "I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel" is one of the top ten books we'd like for Christmas. What books do you want to receive?

One of my favorite projects at the Martin Center is the cultivation of our higher education library. So far, we’ve collected nearly 700 books about higher education and educational philosophy. Even before COVID-19, books were a respite from the pressures of daily life, the 24/7 news cycle, and the...

"The burden of making change happen within art schools may rest upon the shoulders of art students who abhor demands to ...
12/19/2020
To De-Politicize Art Schools, Students Need to Fight Back — The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

"The burden of making change happen within art schools may rest upon the shoulders of art students who abhor demands to politicize their work."

It has never been harder to teach artistic individualism in America. A religious devotion to the causes of social justice dominates the ideas of professors in the academy, and David Randall’s report “Social Justice Education in America” has made clear that their evangelical zeal for teaching s...

Check out our new Blueprint for Reform! https://www.jamesgmartin.center/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Blueprint-for-Reform-...
12/18/2020

Check out our new Blueprint for Reform!

https://www.jamesgmartin.center/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Blueprint-for-Reform-Trigger-Warnings.pdf

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12/16/2020

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12/15/2020
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Our new policy guide to trigger warnings:

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"If the United States wants to increase the analytical and critical thinking of students, they should focus on introduci...
12/14/2020
NC State's Quixotic Foreign Language Requirement — The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

"If the United States wants to increase the analytical and critical thinking of students, they should focus on introducing a foreign language to students at a much younger age. Children learn by associating words with their meanings and can become fluent in a second language more easily when they are young. But colleges and universities can’t force that change with their general education requirements."

https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2020/12/nc-states-quixotic-foreign-language-requirement/

For decades, universities have required students to fulfill a foreign language requirement. However, some research has shown that two semesters of a foreign language appears to have no meaningful effect on the language proficiency of college graduates. Putting students through language classes adds....

https://www.jamesgmartin.center/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Blueprint-for-Reform-Institutional-Neutrality.pdf
12/14/2020

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"Tens of thousands of male students, staff, and faculty members at those five universities alone are limited in their ac...
12/08/2020
Pervasive Sex Discrimination at North Carolina Universities — The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

"Tens of thousands of male students, staff, and faculty members at those five universities alone are limited in their access to education programs and activities that are for women only. Some of these programs even discriminate in favor of girls and against boys in the local community."

https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2020/12/pervasive-sex-discrimination-at-north-carolina-universities/

Pervasive Sex Discrimination at North Carolina Universities, a new report by Adam Kissel, examines five of North Carolina’s largest universities – UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University, and Duke University – and finds that discrimination on the...

"[W]hen graduates get a job and need to set up a retirement account, apply for a credit card, or find housing, few have ...
12/08/2020
Students Aren't Learning Life Skills; Colleges Need to Teach Them — The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

"[W]hen graduates get a job and need to set up a retirement account, apply for a credit card, or find housing, few have learned those skills from their time in college. North Carolina State University, for example, offers hundreds of courses in their General Education Program (GEP), but life skills aren’t the focus of any of them."

https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2020/12/students-arent-learning-life-skills-colleges-need-to-teach-them/

When students think back to their college days, they may remember a philosophy class that made them question their life or an art class they thought would be easy, but gave them the most stress that semester. However, when graduates get a job and need to set up a retirement account, apply for a cred...

Check out our new Blueprint for Reform!https://www.jamesgmartin.center/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Blueprint-for-Reform-I...
12/03/2020

Check out our new Blueprint for Reform!
https://www.jamesgmartin.center/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Blueprint-for-Reform-Institutional-Neutrality.pdf

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