America the Fragile Idea, Revisited
The Bradley study found that our young people are increasingly unaware of our founding principles and the history and meaning of our founding, less likely than their parents to be proud of our country, and more susceptible to emphasis on the more negative aspects of our history.
Free College Tuition Can’t Solve Higher Education’s Biggest Problem
The major problem is not the control of the growth of tuition. This is neither the primary barrier to student access to higher education, nor to success once they get there. That primary barrier is student postsecondary readiness.
Tax University Endowments?
A growing number of higher education observers and leaders are focusing on the accumulation of wealth among the larger university endowments and calling for this so-called “excessive” wealth to be taxed in the public interest, and there are rumblings in Congress about bills being drafted to do just that.
Affirmative Action in College Admissions: Scalia is Right
Justice Scalia is being pilloried for these comments and, to be fair, he could have been much more artful in the way he expressed these views, but the fact is that there is good evidence based on credible studies that shows that he is correct.
The Emerging Texas Higher Education Turf Battle
There has been growing evidence of a looming turf battle between The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston over particular projects recently announced by each institution that figure to have implications for Texas higher education governance going forward.
Bold New Vision for the UT System
The University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven has just laid out to the Board of Regents a bold new vision for the UT system, including a new mission statement draft, the operating concept, and decision process.
More on the Crisis in the Humanities
The American system of self-government is uniquely premised on the need for a citizenry so educated in order to sustain it. Do we have the will to restore this standard?
Report: New College Grads Increasingly Believe College is Not Worth It
Brandon Busteed of Gallup is quoted as saying, “When you look at recent graduates with student loans it gets really ugly, really fast. If alumni don’t feel they’re getting their money’s worth, we risk this tidal wave of demand for higher education crashing down.”
The Texas PreK-12 and Higher Education Disconnect
Only 19% of the fall 2000 cohort of Texas 8th graders had earned any type of postsecondary credential within six years of expected high school graduation, and for the economically disadvantaged segment of this cohort the result was 9%.
New Development in the Debate on Tenure Reform
False claims about academic freedom are not going to protect higher education from the realities of technological change, an aging professoriate, and an increasingly demanding and indebted student body.