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


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 […]


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 […]

The Latest “Diversity is Educational” Report

You know that a court case involving the permissibility of using racial preferences to engineer a “diverse” student body is approaching when you see a flurry of reports finding that great things happen when schools are made more diverse. One of those reports was released in early August. It involved the University of North Carolina […]