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Higher Education in America

As a new academic year approaches, and sun-soaked minds prepare to return to class, questions inevitably appear in my email inbox: "How do I get an A in your class?"  Anxieties are understandable.  Alas, there's no perfect formula to ensure receipt of a particular grade.  That said, students do have power - often more than [...]

Some years ago, I read that in states where the winters are long, cold, and dark, many residents opt to leave up holiday lights and candelabra all winter long: roughly, November through March. The lights provide a bit of visual warmth and cheer in the wintry gloom. For many of us, it’s become increasingly difficult [...]

ACHLS was honored to receive a letter from New Hampshire Congressman Charles Bass marking our third year of operations.  Congressman Bass clearly shares our commitment to re-concieving higher education in America... Education is a symbol of dedication, determination, and creativity - values which make our country competitive and independent.  The American College of History and [...]

ATTENDING ACHLS By: C. Bowman Parent, ACHLS student; MSL Graduate 2008 June 18, 2012 An ACHLS Student in Class The ACHLS offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History and Legal Studies with the possibility of attending the Massachusetts School of Law on a “fast-track”. The college is out of the ordinary as it is a [...]

Thank you Senator Ayotte!

Thank you Senator Ayotte for taking the time to recognize the pioneering work we are doing here at ACHLS to not only keep higher education affordable, but to better prepare students to be competitive in today's marketplace. The American College of History and Legal Studies is the first of its kind in New Hampshire and [...]

Will universities in the United States soon be populated solely by the uber rich and elite varsity athletes? It’s an Orwellian scenario that might happen in our lifetimes. Philosopher Robert Paul Wolff noted in a recent blog that between 1978 and 2008, the cost of living rose roughly 330% … [but] over the same thirty [...]

What do a 27 year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police and a former varsity basketball player for Georgia Southern State University have in common? They both changed the direction of their lives when they decided to attend law school. Andrea Defusco-Sullivan, host of American History Roundtable is joined by Former Massachusetts State Police Officer [...]

One of the great joys of teaching at The American College of History and Legal Studies is the true diversity in our classrooms. I’m not talking about cultural diversity, racial diversity, political, ethnic or religious diversity, though we have that, too. I’m talking about age diversity. We have Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation Xers (born [...]

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (Sept. 4, 2011) offers solid evidence that American political history is not entirely a dead field for scholarly endeavor.  "A Ph.D. in History for a Man Who Has Seen a Good Bit of It" is also a hopeful sign about the human condition, and may even [...]

Unfortunately, we don't need Carnac the Magnificent to predict this news: the NAEP tests tell us that American fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders know woefully little about the world around them. As Winnie Hu wrote in the New York Times, fewer than one in three US students are proficient in geography, with most eighth-graders unable [...]