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

BIRTH OF A LEGISLATIVE BILL

It is not easy for outsiders to draft the concept of a legislative bill and get the bill introduced by a legislator.  It happened in our case.  Tom Lindsay and I created a Texas pilot codifying a simultaneous dual-enrollment partnership between a community college and a four-year school partner.  The bill would help low-income community-college […]

BIASED TEACHING IN THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HISTORY DEPARTMENT

The Texas Association of Scholars and the National Association of Scholars’ Center for the Study of the Curriculum has just released a 62-page in-depth study titled, “Recasting History:  Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History?” The study “examined all 85 sections of lower-division American history courses” at the University of Texas and Texas A&M […]

LONE STAR COLLEGE TRAMPLES CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

On November 10, the Houston Chronicle published a devastating piece on Lone Star College, “Speech about workplace rights not welcome at college.”  Joe Bontke, Outreach Manager of the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was scheduled to speak on November 9 at Lone Star College.  The college administration disinvited him.  This suppression of free speech […]

THE REJECTION OF FREE SPEECH AT LONE STAR COLLEGE, PART TWO

Again, it is germane that readers know that I was chief of staff to Chief Justice Warren Burger and Staff Director of the presidential Commission on the Bicentennial of the U. S. Constitution.  I will strongly defend constitutional rights. First, the necessary background:  The Faculty Senate voted by a huge margin a vote of no-confidence […]

Suppression of Free Speech at My College

As readers will learn why, it is germane that I cite my credentials for my piece that follows.  I was appointed by President Reagan, with U. S. Senate confirmation, as the director of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the United States Information Agency.  Later I became chief of staff to U. S. Supreme Court Chief […]

Will Race-as-a-Factor Triumph at the Supreme Court?

Editor’s Note: Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Fisher v. University of Texas, a major challenge to affirmative action in college admissions.  SeeThruEdu.com will be running three columns on this subject—one today, and two tomorrow. In October, the Supreme Court will hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas on the constitutional […]

Colleges: Diversity in Everything, but Ideas

Why is it at universities that many if not most professors, especially in the humanities, are liberal?  When I taught at Eastern Michigan University there were 77 professors in the English department—76 were Democrats; I was the lone exception.  I have heard a number of theories: One, professors live in a world of ideas and, […]

The Lack of Civility in Today’s Academic Discourse

Over the past year and a half I have published some 30 op-eds constructively critical of the status quo of higher education.  Surprisingly, I have received few rebuttals, primarily because all of my pieces have been data-filled.  I let the data do the talking. Still, there are some who just cannot stand any criticism of […]

Professor X

Let me be unmistakably clear:  most college professors are conscientious, hard-working professionals.  But many are not.  I base this on extrapolation from a half dozen indolent professors I encountered in getting my Ph. D. at the University of Michigan.  Frankly, I really didn’t know how they could in good conscience take their paychecks. I illustrate […]

A New Model for Higher Education

Wisconsin has launched a new educational model that could well be emulated throughout the country.  On June 19, Governor Scott Walker, University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Kelly, and UW Colleges UW-Extension Chancellor Ray Cross announced a competency-based degree model that will transform higher education in Wisconsin.  Called the UW Flexible Degree, “No state […]