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?
Community College Trustee: “Free Tuition For Community College Students Is A Bad Idea”
“More than half of students entering a Texas public two-year college do not meet state college-readiness standards. . . . Of every 100 two-year students who are below the state readiness standard when they enter college, only 38 have graduated”—which would be a colossal waste of free tuition.
Aid to College Students: Where to Draw the Line on ‘Coerced Charity’?
“Among not-for-profit institutions, the amount of taxpayer subsidies hovers between $1,000 and $2,000 per student per year until we turn to the most selective institutions. . . . Among these already well-endowed institutions, the taxpayer subsidy jumps substantially to more than $13,000 per student per year.”
Texas Trustee Opposes College’s Curbing of Free Speech
On August 7, the Lone Star College System’s Board of Trustees voted 5-2 in support of a resolution limiting open audience speech to agenda items.
Projections on the case against UT whistle-blower, Wallace Hall
The case against University of Texas System regent (trustee), Wallace Hall, will likely go nowhere, or if it does, it could languish in the courts for two or three years, at enormous expense. Let us follow the legal process, beginning with the UT System’s release, “UT Austin Admissions Inquiry,” wherein appeared these statements: “There is […]
How a Free Press Countered Government Power in Texas
Barrels of ink have been spent on the saga of University of Texas regent, Wallace Hall. But no ink has been spent focusing on how that saga has changed, owing to a free press.
Community Colleges Offer Lower Cost, Not Lower Quality
(Special to the Austin American-Statesman): Why go to a community college? By Ron Trowbridge Emily Dickinson once said, “Success is counted sweetest/By those who ne’er succeed.” If you don’t have something, you long for it more than those who have it. The wonderful thing about community colleges is that you can get the it. Community […]
Why More Tax Dollars to the Richest Universities?
Let me tell you the real reason I’m writing this story. I grew up in real poverty and was the first one in my huge, extended family to attend college. I went to the University of Michigan for 10 years, during which time I received from home a total of $400. But back in those […]