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 […]