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

Want to prevent protests? Get rid of speech codes

If universities are serious about minimizing protest they’ll scrap the speech codes. But if universities continue to tighten their stranglehold on free speech then don’t expect Missouri to be an anomaly. It’s only the beginning.

Does the market really want trigger warnings from colleges?

Outside of academia, results matter more than feelings. College kids might not get that but our tuition-paying parents sure do. University presidents should listen to the market and drop the obsession with trigger warnings and focus on preparing students for post-college success.

A liberal arts college tries a new strategy on student debt

Students and their families put their trust in us to prepare students to find worthy occupations and careers, and we need to own this. Nevertheless, sometimes it takes a while for graduates to get on their feet. They ought not to be crippled by loan payments while they are doing so.

A Report Card for University Presidents, Part 2

(Editor’s Note: Part One of this article ran yesterday and can be found here.) ************************* 5. Tolerance for controversial viewpoints The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education keeps a useful scorecard on campus “speech codes.” A responsible speech code is narrow in focus, penalizing only speech that is intended to injure or inflame identifiable individuals. Instead, […]

A Report Card for University Presidents, Part 1

The primary responsibility of trustees is to evaluate the president of the university. In order to carry this out well, it is essential to employ a set of objective criteria; otherwise, the trustees are in danger of being continually snowed with happy talk from the university’s spin doctors. The task of a university president can […]

School for Scandal: How Universities Help Their Students Shop for Easy Classes

(Editor’s Note: This piece was submitted by a UT student requesting, for obvious reasons, anonymity. has confirmed that he is in fact a current UT student.) Some readers of the Austin-American Statesman were shocked to read that “approximately 43 percent of all college grades today are A’s, an increase of 28 percentage points since […]