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

Multiculti U.

(From City Journal): “Multiculti U”     By Heather Mac Donald The budget-strapped University of California squanders millions on mindless diversity programs. In the summer of 2012, as the University of California reeled from one piece of bad budget news to another, a veteran political columnist sounded an alarm. Cuts in state funding were jeopardizing […]

20 Ridiculous Courses Being Offered at U.S. Universities

(From TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com): 20 Completely Ridiculous College Courses Being Offered at U.S. Universities By Michael Snyder Would you like to know what America’s young people are actually learning while they are away at college?  It isn’t pretty.  Yes, there are some very highly technical fields where students are being taught some very important skills, but for […]

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Not a week goes by without hearing more about higher education’s dilemma. Critics point to increasing tuitions and decreasing return on investment, echoing the patterns of rapid expansion and mal-investment that characterized the Subprime Crisis. Opponents of this criticism label this as nothing more than fear-mongering and politicking. A comparison of the levels of debt […]

LIT PROF RESPONDS TO DEPT OF ED CENSORSHIP

(From the Chronicle of HIgher Education): Purging My Syllabus By Rob Jenkins Not wanting to sexually harass my students, much less be labeled a sexual harasser by the Department of Education,I have decided to review my Intro to Lit syllabus and remove any reading assignments that might contain offensive material. Not that any reasonable person […]

YALE PROFESSOR: WHY LIBERAL EDUCATION MATTERS TO DEMOCRACY

(From the New Criterion): Ave atque vale by Donald Kagan Upon his retirement from Yale, Donald Kagan considers the future of liberal education in this farewell speech. Editors’ Note: Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University and recipient of the National Humanities Medal (2002), retired in May. In forty-four years at […]

END COMING TO HIGHER-ED ACCREDITATION MONOPOLY

(From McKinsey & Co.’s Insights &Publications): College for all Open online courses are changing higher education. Traditional colleges face dangers—and opportunities. May 2013 | byAndré Dua Something big is up in higher education thanks to the advent of “massive open online courses” (MOOCs), which can reach millions around the world. What most people—including university leaders—don’t […]

COLLEGE CENSORSHIP MANDATED BY DEPT. OF ED

(From the College Fix): FREE SPEECH ADVOCATES ALARMED BY NEW FEDERAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT RULES By Blake Baxter New guidelines from the Department of Education lower the standards of what constitutes sexual harassment to any “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.” Free speech activists say this definition is too broad and could endanger First Amendment rights. […]

HARVARD PROFESSOR: “THE HIGHER EDUCATION SCANDAL”

(From Real Clear Policy): The Higher Education Scandal by Harvey C. Mansfield Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, is an institution of good reputation and high quality, where I have some friends. It offers a liberal arts education typical of the best available in America today. It troubles me that Bowdoin, rather than, say, Harvard—a bigger […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYPSE

(From the Chronicle of Higher Education)         Editor’s Note: The cited study in this story (below)–contrary to the Chronicle‘s deceptive headline–fails to rebut the alarming results in student-learning outcomes documented in Academically Adrift.         Why? Because, as Adrift lead author Richard Arum clarifies in the article, “Comparing the scores of a sample of freshmen with a […]

NEW MEASURE FOR COLLEGES’ ROI

(From Forbes.com): Measuring a College’s Worth: The Grateful Grads Index By Matt Schifrin This is the time of year when high school seniors and their parents make their final decisions about which college they will attend over the next four years. It can be a gut-wrenching ordeal especially given that it now costs nearly $250,000 […]