Ideological fields need to be curbed, but they resist reform through normal channels. They do their own peer review, reinforcing ideological premises again and again until those premises appear to be self-evident truths.

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Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

The Grievance Hoax and Peer Review

By Mark Bauerlein It was quite an embarrassment.  A team of, well, we’ll call them watchdogs, sent bogus research papers to social science journals for publication and received several acceptances.  (The authors detail their project here. One of the papers, “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct,” was taken by the journal Cogent Social Sciences.  […]

Texas Takes The Next Step To Make College More Affordable

(From forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay In 2011, then-Texas Governor Rick Perry called on the Lone Star State’s public four-year universities to craft affordable bachelor’s degrees, what the Governor labeled at the time, “$10,000 degrees.” Texas universities have risen to the challenge. In late 2013, the first Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree was launched by Texas A&M-Commerce and […]

A fairer due process for sexual assault adjudication

By Ronald Trowbridge The Office of Civil Rights within the Department of Education has issued a new policy for public scrutiny on adjudication of sexual assault.  That policy incorporated the September decision of the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ Roe v. Baum decision that required that students accused of sexual assault be permitted-cross examination […]

The Title IX Rule Change on Cross-Examination is Crucial to Due Process

By George Leef Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stirred up a hornets’ nest when she recently proposed a substantial revision of the rules for Title IX cases. Under the rules imposed during the Obama administration, colleges and universities were expected to follow procedures that stacked the deck against students accused of sexual assault or harassment. […]

Human Potential

By Walter Wendler Without trappings, the ultimate purpose of a university education is to enhance human potential. While wrapping up a high school visit in Amarillo, Texas, I asked the audience of students and parents if anyone had any questions. A young man sitting towards the back of the room with our head football coach […]

Are College “Diversity Statements” Beneficial?

By George Leef In just 40 years, we have gone from a using “diversity” as merely a “plus factor” that colleges and universities could consider in choosing which students to admit (that was the impact of the Bakke case in 1978, a tenuous legal thread that only Justice Powell in his pivotal opinion suggested) to […]

The Real Gender Trouble

By Mark Bauerlein If you consulted only the press, you would think that gender and women’s studies programs were potent forces on college campuses today.  At insidehighered.com recently, for instance, we read of a “Global Attack on Gender Studies,” as if conservative powers were mobilizing against an established and prominent part of higher education. Added […]

The Top Ten Strengths of American Higher Education

By Walter Wendler This reflection was originally published on April 10, 2016. I believe it is worth a second look, and it appears here with only a few modest updates.  WVW American universities are the best in the world. This is widely recognized by experts in higher education from every nation. Fifteen of the world’s top 20 universities […]

Clicks or Bricks

By Walter Wendler With the growing pervasiveness of online and distance education opportunities (Clicks), future students will have transcripts peppered with courses from different modes of instructional delivery at different institutions. At West Texas A&M University, rarely will a student’s academic record come completely from courses taken on campus (Bricks). This “academic diversity” will become […]

Teaching Must Come First

  By Walter Wendler (Originally published on November 30, 2015.  As we begin this season of reflection, “Teaching First” is worthy of another look as we focus on the first purpose of the university and the importance of staying true to our roots.) Forward focus is essential. Over the past four decades, many faculty and university […]