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

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 […]