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

Why are trustees usually cheerleaders, not governors?

  I believe it is safe to say that most college trustees throughout the country are generally cheerleaders, not governors. Yet trustees, as the name suggests, are entrusted with the statutory authority and fiduciary responsibility to govern and to set policy.  Often trustees lose sight of the charge that their loyalties are as much to […]

AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS AREN’T LEARNING, AND HOW TO FIX IT

The end of higher education is learning—that seems an obvious point.  But readers will be astonished to know that most universities have no idea what or if students are learning because they do not measure and assess it.  They have comfortably come to assume that if kids pay a small fortune to attend college, sit […]

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 […]