UT Folds Houston Expansion: What It Means for TX Higher Education
While noting mistakes by UT Chancellor William McRaven, I commend his boldness and visionary thinking that led him to the project. The notion expressed by several, that this plan was an “invasion” of Houston by UT, was hyperbolic nonsense.
Who’s Killing the Liberal Arts?
An accelerating trend over the past decade or more is redefining the quality of post-secondary academic pursuits to their economic and vocational value alone, resulting in a denigration of the liberal arts.
Good Advice from Secretary Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan laid out his concerns with teacher training across the nation, a problem which, because of the critical importance of effective classroom teaching to student achievement, is one of the final frontiers in public education reform.
The Context of Free Expression
Curriculum matters. Truth matters. And these principles are at least as relevant in the liberal arts as they are in the sciences, engineering, and law, maybe even more.
Is There a Hidden Tax in Texas College Tuition?
If the subsidy to these students is warranted as a public interest, it should be funded by all taxpayers after full disclosure and public debate in the legislative forum.
Time for a New Governance Strategy for Texas Higher Ed
Every effort in my memory to bring coherence to Texas higher education governance, which dates to the proposal over 30 years ago by a commission appointed to design either a functional or a geographic approach to higher education in Texas, has failed because of parochial politics.
SCOTUS Rules on Affirmative Action
There is ample evidence that many in higher education leadership believe achieving a certain racial mix on campus is more important than maintaining educational standards. In other words, access trumps excellence.
The Ongoing College Readiness Debate
The proxy for this standard is community college readiness without the need for remediation. Should this be the minimum for a high school diploma for 100% of students? Of course not, but we can certainly set the bar higher than it currently stands.
New Hope for Standards-Based Reform in Texas K-12?
According to a survey of state policy by the National Council of Teacher Quality, Texas is now one of only eight states that do not require a component of student achievement growth in teacher evaluations.
The Spellings Commission, Ten Years Later
Needless to say, the subject matter remains at least as urgent now as it was then. And in all humility, these questions seem to me to be just as valid and timely for the future direction of this institution that is so critical to the continuing success of the American experiment.