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

ANOTHER CAMPUS BUREAUCRACY STRUGGLES TO LOOK IMPORTANT

During the fat years for higher education (roughly, 1965 through 2008), when more and more money was pouring in, most colleges and universities added lots of administrative offices and programs. Over time, most of them grew, following the logic of bureaucracies in non-profit settings: look busy, hype your accomplishments (real or imaginary), then ask for […]

The Other Diversity Mania

When we hear talk about the “need” for greater “diversity” on American campuses, the speaker is almost always talking about racial/ethnic diversity – the assumption that some students are more “interesting” and will add more to the school just because of their ancestry. Sometimes, however, the individual has something else in mind, specifically “socio-economic” diversity. […]

SORRY — M.I.T. DOES NOT UNDERSTAND DIVERSITY

I don’t know when the Supreme Court is going to issue its decision in Fisher v. Texas, but if it rules against the use of racial preferences by public institutions of higher education, there will be immense consternation in the Diversity Above All camp. A revealing example of the thinking of people in that camp […]

Another Feeble Argument for “Affirmative Action”

People who are in favor of continuing America’s obsession with group proportionality keep advancing arguments that it’s imperative for our institutions to “mirror” society. That is to say, it’s good if a group of people is composed of individuals so that it has roughly the same percentages of people “representing” blacks and Hispanics and women […]

The Greatest Benefit of Online Higher Education

I am not one of those people who sees online higher education as the panacea for our ailments, but I do see it as a source of competition in an area where competition has mostly been lacking. Let us say that your son or daughter is enrolled at Megga University.  He or she must choose […]

WHEN WILL THIS NONSENSE STOP?

For years now, evidence has been mounting that America has badly oversold higher education. We know that many college graduates end up unemployed – most of the Occupy Wall Street protesters were jobless college grads. We know that many more are underemployed, working as bartenders or office clerks or aerobics trainers. And we know that […]

Universities are for free thought – as long as they’re the right ones

If you do a good job in your work, it really shouldn’t matter what political beliefs you hold, and especially in a university. After all, universities are supposed to uphold the ideals of free thought and free expression. They are the last places you’d expect to find an employee being punished for holding to a […]

A Missed Opportunity In Fisher?

On October 10, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case challenging the constitutionality of racial preferences in college admissions – Fisher v. Texas. Unlike the unusually extended argument time in the Obamacare case, in Fisher just over one hour was allotted for the arguments and unfortunately a lot of important considerations were omitted. […]

Anyone Should Be Free to Form a Union

An issue that has come up repeatedly is whether professors and even grad students ought to be free to form unions to bargain over their pay, benefits, and working conditions. The relevant federal law, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), is unclear. It specifies that “employees” have the right to seek unionization and collective bargaining, […]

The Constitution and Higher Education

Yesterday, September 17, was Constitution Day, so this is a good time to reflect on the role the federal government was supposed to play in higher education under the Constitution. That’s easy. There isn’t any such role. Please read the Constitution, which is not very long. You won’t find any mention of education at any […]