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

Should We Fear Academic Blacklisting?

One of the hottest academic controversies of the year involves the decision by the University of Illinois to “unhire” Professor Steven Salaita.

‘Place’ is no better than ‘race’ for college admission preferences

Intellectuals who believe that they can make society better through social engineering schemes never stop proposing new ideas. For decades, one of their main projects was college admission preferences for students who have certain racial or ethnic backgrounds – groups said to be “underrepresented.” That was supposed to lead to greater social harmony because having […]

How to End the Student-Loan-Debt Crisis

Ever since the obstreperous Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011, Americans have been getting an earful about the alleged crisis of student loan debt. Sensing a chance to appear both compassionate and pro-education, many lawmakers want to do something to ease the plight of indebted students. Senator Elizabeth Warren is pushing her populist plan of […]

Latest “Cure” for Student Debt Will Be Toxic For Students

Student debt loads are a hot topic this year. Many politicians say that reducing student debts is an economic imperative. In this New York Times piece, however, economics reporter Dave Leonhardt argues that the real problem is not that student debts are unmanageable (although some students really are caught in a quicksand pit), but rather […]

Race-Based College Admissions is Dying –What’s Next?

A piece in the June 17th New York Times catches the eye: Could it really be true that affirmative action is doomed? And if it is, what’s next? Quite a few supporters of affirmative action in college admissions have been grumbling that the policy they have for so long advocated – racial preferences to bring […]

The End of Race-Based Admissions?

The End of Race-Based Admissions? By George Leef Within the last few months, there have been several hopeful signs that America might finally be getting over its obsession with race – putting people into racial categories and then deciding which groups deserve to be “more equal than others,” as Orwell put it. Last year, in […]

America needs more STEM grads: True or False?

We keep hearing that America is facing a crisis unless we succeed in getting more young people through college with training in science, engineering, technology or mathematics – now known as the STEM disciplines. The thinking is that we are falling behind some other economically powerful nations in STEM degrees, which in turn puts our […]

This Book Defends Leftist Bias in College and Advocates More

Many college professors who want to use their classrooms as pulpits for preaching leftism to students are coy about it.  They deny that they ever do anything that goes beyond teaching into advocacy; if caught, they say that it was a one-time occurrence. If only for its honesty, you have to tip your hat to […]

On the Use of Cell Phones to Record College Classes

Technological changes have a way of creating new problems. Cell phones have created quite a few, and one of them is the fact that they can be used to make audio and visual reproductions of events. Some people see that as a problem, anyway, including professors and academic officials who discover that accurate reproductions of […]