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

Another Diversion from Focusing on Excellence in Higher Ed

The millions of Americans who are coming to believe that higher education is too costly for the questionable educational benefits students get aren’t going to change their minds just because some students and faculty members put in more hours helping in cities.

What If Federal Regulations for Colleges Are Themselves Illegal?

We’ve created a serious problem by allowing federal bureaucrats to dictate education policies nationwide, K-12 through college. Many rules that appeal to ideologically zealous regulators would never be adopted by school and college officials.

Discrimination Then and Discrimination Now

MIT’s dean of admissions said of a Korean applicant, “It’s possible he looked like a thousand other Korean kids…that he wasn’t interesting enough to surface to the top and was yet another textureless math grind.” I guess stereotyping is bad unless you do it to someone in a group you can safely ignore.

Elite College Administrators Dabble in Social Engineering

Excellent students who devote their spare time to, oh, mastering the cello or playing competitive chess or trying to start a business had better change their priorities if they want a shot at any of the elite universities.

In Case You Doubt that Leftist Academics Have Closed Minds

In fields where many of the senior academics hold very strong political opinions, they use their dominance to keep “undesirable” questions from even being asked. Instead of acting like scholars who want to encourage the pursuit of truth, they act like ancient clerics who are intent on protecting their belief system.

A Setback for the Faculty Unionization Movement

What Professor Satre sees as her “loss” is other people’s freedom to say “no.” Her colleagues will be free to avoid any entanglement with a union they may not want and the school administrators will remain free to decide with whom to negotiate.

A Nearsighted Visionary

Many people whose college degrees are of the occupational sort that Roth looks down upon nevertheless become upstanding citizens who are “lifelong learners.” Conversely, some who earned degrees at schools with shining liberal education curricula turn into the worst sort of authoritarian planners.

Will “Strict Scrutiny” by the Court Stop Racial Preferences?

We won’t know until next spring how the Court will rule in Fisher II, but the best guess is that it will find some “middle ground” – that is, leaving university officials to continue playing social engineer, but with some new restriction. What is certain, however, is that this issue will not go away.