Jeff Polet

Jeff Polet is Professor of Political Science at Hope College in Holland MI, where he teaches political theory. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on issues including education, the American founding, and hermeneutical theory. He is a board member and editor-in-chief of the online journal Front Porch Republic.

As local governments struggle with mounting debt, will private funding step in?

Cities and states face deepening economic constraints. While schools and basic public services will need private help, civic arts organizations may be the hardest hit of all.

Nonprofits need clarity, not jargon

Organizations cavalierly using feel-good language weaken their contributions to civil society because when their words cease to mean anything, so do they.

Those who live in a place are best suited to decide what’s best for it

What I learned from my meeting with World Bank and JP Morgan Chase.

College costs too much? Then stop demanding more regulations.

Regulations apply tremendous pressure on colleges and other nonprofits, increasing their costs while altering their missions. Students and parents are the ones who pay for it.

Being smug: Oxfam abuse scandal reveals sinister side of power

It’s a basic lesson for individuals as well as organizations: don’t become too full of, or too convinced of, your own virtue.

Administrative bloat: the real reason tuition costs so much

Administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009, which Bloomberg reported was 10 times the rate of growth of tenured faculty positions.

The perils of humanitarianism

According to Harvard literary scholar and cultural thinker, Irving Babbitt.

Building Trust in Funder–Grantee Relationships

It’s time to question philanthropy’s single-minded drive toward measurement and metrics, and start talking about building trust.

Universities should stop acting like corporations

If colleges understand themselves to be selling a consumer product, the marketplace will determine their identity.

The problem with “measurable impact”

Large-scale philanthropy’s use of metrics reveals their trust of numbers and distrust of humans.