By Watchdog Staff | | Apr 15, 2014 1:43 PM
Higher education in America faces a slew of serious problems. Discussions in blogs and journals and at academic conventions show that professors around the country are well aware of these problems and find them deeply troubling. One problem however is never discussed, for the good reason that it is the academic world’s most inconvenient truth. Widely known but almost never acknowledged (at least publicly), the issue of academic productivity lies at the heart of almost every major issue our colleges and universities now face. Data culled from the University of Colorado-Boulder’s official websites show how very serious this problem really is.
By Contributor | | Apr 09, 2014 5:27 PM | 216
By Revealing Politics For “Equal Pay Day,” Colorado Democrats in the Legislature offered up a joint resolution to support equal pay for equal work. Republicans in the Colorado Senate supported the idea, so much so, that they offered an amendment to resolve two offices held by top elected officials should offer equal pay for equal work [...]
By Mary C. Tillotson | | Mar 20, 2014 5:00 AM | 40

The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court’s decision upholding a local voucher program in Douglas County.

By Tori Richards | | Feb 26, 2014 7:25 AM | 582

By Tori Richards | We all get them — telemarketing callers pushing home solar-energy systems that will save us from rising electric bills. Most of us generally hang up. But in 2012, Jeff Leeds, who lives in the Northern California town of Half Moon Bay, listened. His 3,100-square-foot home features 91 incandescent bucket lights, a 180-gallon fish [...]

By Travis Perry | | Jan 24, 2014 2:05 PM | 258

  By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — A decision pending with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could have huge ramifications for rural Kansans living in the western third of the state. In limbo is the question of whether the lesser prairie-chicken should be listed as a “threatened” species under provisions of the 1973 Endangered Species [...]

By Eric Boehm | | Jan 14, 2014 11:26 AM | 236

By Eric Boehm | At Colorado’s newly minted recreational marijuana shops, cash is king. Because the drug is still illegal at the federal level, most pot shops in Colorado are not taking credit cards or other forms of electronic payment, thanks to the complications that could come from federal authorities tracking down customers and store owners [...]

By Dustin Hurst | | Dec 10, 2013 7:30 AM | 259

By Dustin Hurst and Shelby Sebens  | Examining the Portland, Ore.-based Bus Project, one could use plenty of adjectives to describe the operation’s tactics and activities: aggressive, unique and innovative. The one descriptor that group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, wants you to believe, though, is the least-fitting: nonpartisan. Sure, the group holds a banner that professes to soar [...]

By Mary C. Tillotson | | Dec 03, 2013 5:00 AM | 477

Part 33 of 33 in the series Educating America By Joy Pullmann | The Heartland Institute National curriculum requirements are influencing schools across the country in myriad ways, big and small. One not-so-obvious change is that Common Core standards can influence how teachers grade student work. Teachers have used standards-based grading almost as long as U.S. schools have been [...]

By Tori Richards | | Nov 14, 2013 6:08 PM | 453

By Tori Richards | A Colorado Democrat who introduced a U.S. senate bill Wednesday to prevent insurance policy cancellations under Obamacare voted against a 2010 resolution that would have done just that. But now, trying to upstage President Obama, Sen. Mark Udall is declaring victory – saying the president’s call Thursday for insurance companies to stop [...]

By Dustin Hurst | | Nov 13, 2013 12:22 PM | 474

By Dustin Hurst | America, “hosurance” is a thing. We’re not certain of the exact definition of the new phrase, but it sounds scandalous. “OMG, he’s hot!” the ad, a product of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI), reads. “Let’s hope he’s as easy to get as this birth control.” Like, totally. The ad comes from the same group, CCHI, [...]