Faculty Senate Shrugged
Politics is on many people’s minds this year, so this is a good time to write about that topic. But the politics I’m thinking about does not involve the presidency. Rather, I’m thinking about the politics of shared governance in higher education—specifically, the relationship between university senates and their administrations.
The High Cost of Free College
Free college may allow more students to “afford” college, but it won’t actually make college more affordable — and that’s a hugely important distinction.
Why It’s Time to Disrupt Higher Education by Separating Learning From Credentialing
Creating alternatives to traditional degrees would let students pursue their best options for learning and apply competitive pressure on colleges and universities to improve quality and reduce the costs of education.
A Visiting Professor of Conservative Thought Takes on Boulder, Colorado
Several years ago, the University of Colorado Boulder did something pioneering in American higher education. It committed to bringing onto its faculty, on a rotating basis, a notable academic conservative in an endowed chair.
A Big Campus Trend: Ignorance of U.S. History
The consequences of these weak academic standards are clear. ACTA’s surveys of college graduates reveal year after year deep and widespread ignorance of United States history and government.
Hijacked by an External Funding Mentality
Reliance on federal grants, awards from private foundations, alumni donations, tuition, student fees, tax revenues and proceeds from athletics has made revenue generation a focus pervading the daily operations of higher education institutions.
Brexit Shows Ugly Side of British Universities
Censorious antics of ‘snowflake’ students have regularly made front-page news here in the UK. No longer. The momentous political fall-out from the June 23rd referendum, when a majority of citizens voted in favor of Britain leaving the European Union, has swept all other concerns aside.
Are Campus Bureaucrats Incapable of Respecting Free Speech?
As administrative bloat on campuses has increased in recent decades, so has encroachment by university busybodies. After all, such bureaucrats need to justify their paychecks.
Indoctrination Triumphant: Social justice this year’s hot topic for summer reading assignments
Students at Wesleyan University, for instance, will read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, which argues that strict sentencing laws for drug crimes intentionally targeted black men.
How to Choose a (Machiavellian?) Leader
Maurizio Viroli’s How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens (Princeton University Press) challenges the longstanding tendency to make the Renaissance author’s name synonymous with the art of political skulduggery. Viroli offers us a kinder, gentler Machiavelli.