Higher Education

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Cui Bono? Public Goods and College Education

Policy proposals from presidential candidates concerning higher education present very different views on the value of a college degree. What kind of good is it?
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Freedom of Speech and Sexist Tweets

Rasmusen's role as educator complicates his right to expression as a private citizen. Legality points one way; morality may point another.
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Some Ethical Problems with Footnotes

What might be the moral implications of our notation choices in academic research? Could the ongoing debate over footnotes or endnotes be a moral debate?
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The DOJ vs. NACAC: Autonomy and Paternalism in Higher Ed

Recent reforms to college recruitment alter the traditional understanding of universities relationship to students.
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Felicity Huffman Sentencing: Justice and Fairness in Punishment

Are fines an appropriate punishment when the wealthy attempt to purchase social, political, and economic advantage at others' expense?
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Digital Textbooks in Higher Education

The transition to an ebook market for college textbooks has important consequences for internet piracy and student debt.
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The Morehouse Gift and Reliance on Billionaires

Recent charitable gifts by billionaires to college graduates in debt highlight the complications that come from individuals trying to solve collective action problems.
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Camille Paglia and Campus Free Speech

What does the right to free speech mean in higher education? What are the rights and duties of students and professors? What separates controversial views from hateful ones?
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Blame and Forgiveness in Student Loan Debt

What do Elizabeth Warren's proposed policies regarding student debt relief say about responsibility and fairness?
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University Administrations, Private Governments, and Denise Bennett

Are large-scale employers like big companies or universities similar to authoritarian governments? The ongoing Denise Bennett/University of Idaho saga underscores the power asymmetries between employers and employees.