The “Crisis” That Isn’t: Student Debt
A crisis is one of the best opportunities because worried people are apt to fall for weak arguments and let the politicians have their way. Now, to work this way, the crisis doesn’t even have to be real. Here’s an example: the supposed student loan crisis.
Sorry, But I Don’t Agree that Free Community College Is a Good Idea
It’s a bit alarming that such prominent politicians as Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel and Tennessee’s governor Bill Haslam would try to pull the wool over Americans’ eyes with the notion that government can make any good or service free.
Most Americans Dislike Racial Preferences in College Admissions
Not long after the Fisher decision was released, Gallup published an interesting poll on the subject of racial preferences. The remarkable thing about the poll was that it showed widespread opposition to allowing colleges to base admissions decisions on race.
Without Unionization, University of Memphis Gives Adjuncts Large Pay Increase
Arbitrarily raising the compensation for adjuncts to a “living wage” level not only imposes unnecessary costs on other parties, but interferes with the market’s implicit message to prospective professors: “This field is full, so if you want a prosperous career, you’d better look elsewhere.”
America’s Ridiculous Notion: Accreditation Is What Makes Colleges Good or Bad
The solution is not to terminate any accreditors or to wipe out schools where many of the students drop out or have trouble after graduating. The solution is to stop subsidizing weak and disengaged students to go to college.
The Private Student Lending Industry’s Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated
Demand for “fair lending” ironically limits access to credit for smart and ambitious students who don’t come from wealthy families. An unconstrained market would do the most to allocate scarce funds to needy students who’ll put them to good use.
Should Employers Be Prohibited from Asking Applicants About College Credentials?
The problem is that the lack of a college degree now operates against people just as the lack of a high school diploma did in Griggs. People are shut out of many jobs not because they lack ability but just because they lack educational credentials.
How PIRG Scams Student Fees for Political Action
In a fair world, PIRGs would have to seek donations from students and others who want to contribute to it. We don’t, however, have a fair world, and these activist groups have taken full advantage to make off with a lot of money from students who were never asked.
A Judge Who Foresaw How Affirmative Action Would Change the Curriculum
Fleming argued that the new admission policy “will serve to perpetuate the very ideas and prejudices it is designed to combat.
Want to Make College Campuses Truly “Safe Spaces?” Allow Campus Carry
College campuses should be safe in the real sense – places where violence is not going to happen. Toward that end, it is worth contemplating the effects of allowing individuals who have permits to carry firearms to bring guns to campus.