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

Letter to My Daughter upon Starting College

Most of your professors, Elizabeth, will be excellent and you will gain a priceless education from attending college. But a few of your professors will be militant, intolerant disasters, yet they will be ostensibly intelligent and far more articulate than you. So what should you do?

A modest proposal to bar offensive speech from campus

Campuses would therefore have been right not to permit Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, Martin Luther, George McClellan, Abraham Lincoln, a certain heckler, and Mark Twain to speak on campus. Note their awful, offensive language.

How to achieve student success for low-income students

Compared to four-year schools, community colleges have reduced student costs prodigiously in the precious effort to enable low-income students to get both an education and a job. These colleges are doing more than their fair share. The Legislature should pay more deference to them.

Texas Legislature is imposing unfunded mandates on community colleges

Compared to four-year schools, community colleges have reduced student costs prodigiously in the precious effort to enable low-income students to get both an education and a job. These colleges do not deserve the financial hurdles of state unfunded mandates.

In a free society, offensive speech must be permitted

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once observed, “If we stop speech that hurts peoples’ feelings, the First Amendment will be a dead letter.” Speech may indeed be offensive, but that’s the price of living and speaking in a free society.

The Collegiate-Learning Crisis

As detailed in the landmark national study of collegiate learning, Academically Adrift, there is a nationwide college-student-learning crisis: 36 percent of college students across the country demonstrate little-to-no increase in critical-thinking skills after four years spent in college.

Why Universities Need Strong Boards: The Case of Wallace Hall

Harry Lewis, former dean at Harvard, writes that often “governing boards do not know what is going on,” that they are “notoriously inattentive” and “carefully managed and quite docile.” He argues that trustees “must not return to functioning as the University’s honorees and cheerleaders rather than governors.”

At last, a fair and good school-choice bill

Senate Bill 4, voted out of committee last week, would enable some low-income students to escape from failing schools. Such an exodus would send a healthy message to those failing schools, its administrators, and legislators. It would serve as a positive example.

Campus Speech Codes And The Closing of the Academic Mind

Do colleges with free-speech zones and speech codes wish to imply in principle that Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, Martin Luther, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and a heckler should be denied permission to speak on campus because their language might be abusive?