In many cases institutions avoid outcomes-based decision-making, claiming that such action will diminish access for lower-income college aspirants. Such misplaced thinking is even a greater burden to students who carry away extraordinary loan encumbrances.

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

Universities Must Embrace New Strategies If They Hope To Survive

By Walter V. Wendler Funding for higher education is down over 20% in a few decades and continues to decrease. Institutional philanthropy designed to add dimensions of excellence to university life in support of students or simply to sustain steady quality is required. Impact Givers—Philanthropists that work to make measurable change, givers who take pride […]

The Social Justice Movement Is Just Another (Very Profitable) Business

By George Leef Americans who style themselves as social justice advocates view themselves as working to save a huge swath of the population (women and all “people of color”) from the ravages of the white, male, capitalist world. They routinely denounce business for its nasty habit of “putting profit before people.” When those people advocate […]

Think the U.S. Constitution ‘Subverts Democracy’? Think Again

(From forbes.com) By Thomas K. Lindsay For roughly the past fifty years, higher education reformers have been warning about the decline in civic education in this country. National polling consistently shows that Americans, even college graduates, are growing increasingly civically illiterate. A recent survey found that only 36% of respondents can identify the three branches of American government. […]

Ultimately, the single greatest impediment to finishing college is a lack of discipline.

By Walter V. Wendler In Texas 52.2% of the college students initially enrolled in 2009 had graduated with a bachelor’s degree by the year 2015, according to the most recent data available at the   National Center for Higher Education Management Systems Information Center. I bet 100% of those enrollees intended to graduate when they signed […]

West Texas A&M President Offers Solid, Post-Graduation Counsel To His Students

West Texas A&M University had its summer graduation last week, as did many universities around the nation. People are always willing to give advice to recent graduates, and I am no exception. Hold on to your hat. Don’t delay paying off student loans. Three of four graduates have educational debt and repayment should begin the […]

Do Colleges Gather Diverse Students Together, and Then Drive Them Apart?

By Vic Brown Over the coming two weeks, first year students will be eagerly moving into dormitories across the country. Many of them have been recruited as part of their college’s efforts to attract a diverse student body, which they say will enhance the educational experience of all of their students.  However, the admissions mechanisms […]

The First-Year Experience, an indoctrination program spreading across academia

More and more, on any number of prestigious campuses, education may matter less than re-education: that’s to say, the process of turning freshman bumpkins into fully woke critics of a social order it’s essential to understand as racist, misogynist, non-diverse, elitist, and all that bad stuff. Behold the First-Year Experience, an indoctrination program spreading across […]

A threat to liberty in higher education  

From www.goacta.org  (originally in the Colorado Springs Gazette): By Dr. Donald W. Sweeting and Dr. Michael Poliakoff A powerful threat to intellectual and religious liberty is afoot. In a region embracing 19 states, including Colorado, colleges and universities are under the authority of a federally empowered agency that recently issued a draft protocol, giving itself the prerogative […]

Gender, Ethnic Studies profs earn about $12k more than peers

(From campusreform.org): By Celine Ryan A new report based on salary data from the 2017-2018 academic year reveals that professors of “Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies” earn almost $12,000 more than the average professor, overall. Notably, professors of subjects like Gender and Ethnic Studies also made about $15,000 more per year than their counterparts […]

Jordan Peterson and Jacques Derrida

By Mark Bauerlein While we admire Jordan Peterson for his courage under fire and insistence on empirical evidence against identity politics, a correction is in order.  In numerous interviews, Dr. Peterson denounces cultural Marxism for providing intellectual cover to junior totalitarians who have come to power on college campuses, in human resources offices, and in […]