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

Faculty Shaken by Revelations of Failed Humanities Teaching

    We?!!  The literature faculty of UCLA debase our mission through curricular rejiggering?  Forsooth and what are you talking about, said UCLA’s English chairman in a protest letter to the Wall Street Journal after the Journal printed Heather MacDonald’s withering attack on said changes.  Ali Behdad would like it known that the university merely consolidated required […]

Finally! Universities Strike Back at Ideological ASA

    One of a huge number of problems with boycotts is what could be called the “do-it-yourself factor.”     In mid-December, the American Studies Association votes to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Within days, four prestigious American colleges and universities decide to boycott the American Studies Association.     Brandeis University, Pennsylvania State University, Indiana University, […]

Mack Brown and the Triumph of Games over College Learning

      Mack, baby, oh, Mack… sure it hurts, being fired from a $5-million-a-year job.  We know, Mack, we know.  But look, baby, you gotta WIN!  Losing is for losers.  No room around the University of Texas for people like that.  –If you call ‘em people. “Wimps” is more like it.         Hey, […]

THE DECLINE OF UNC-CHAPEL HILL

    High tuition and bureaucratic bloat aren’t the universities’ only problems. There’s also stuff like, oh, you know, actual learning.  The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, in Raleigh, N. C., comes across with a dire analysis of what students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill are learning or, more specifically, aren’t […]

RISE OF THE BROWNSHIRTS AT BROWN UNIVERSITY

      “Interest Fading in Humanities, Colleges Worry,” says the New York Times, which quotes, among others, Pauline Yu, president of the American Council of Learned Societies. Yu states the obvious: “College is increasingly being defined narrowly as job preparation, not as something designed to educate the whole person.”  Quod erat demonstrandum, as they say […]

HOW POLITICS PROTECTS BAD EDUCATION SCHOOLS

            Back in the late 1960s,  the school district in which my mother had long taught elementary school music sent her to college-–education college,  that is.   She had done a stint at the Kidd Key Conservatory in Sherman, Tex., before earning two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Texas, neither one […]

FAIL: WHAT NOW MATTERS IN COLLEGE IS SPORTS

             The national debt deadline draws nigh, political fractures in Washington widen, the Middle East simmers, and what does The Dallas Morning News run at the top of its A section on October 11?   You bet – a thumb sucker about “the most prosperous college athletic department in the country: a self-sustaining domain unto […]

On the Gentle Art of Bribing College Students

        The University of Oregon really wants you at its football games; well, if you attend school there, that is.  The Wall Street Journal notes that Oregon, troubled by growing student indifference to game-going, has contrived some inducements.  For instance, “If the Ducks score 40 points, those who stay for the whole time […]

FORGET LEARNING–COLLEGE NOW ALL ABOUT FOOTBALL

              “It’s Time to Pay College Athletes,” announces Time Magazine–apart, I guess, from the ones not already or recently on the payroll.  For instance, according to Sports Illustrated, the football players whom Oklahoma State University paid as much as $25,000, with arrangements for some that involved “no-show jobs while hostesses […]

REVOLUTION: CUTTING LAW SCHOOL TO TWO YEARS

               So we should consider cutting law school back to two years?    I think that was President Obama’s point as he recently elbowed  his way into the higher-ed reform ranks         We’ll see what happens.    I wouldn’t at the same time count on activism in this vein from the barnacle- encrusted legal profession.  While […]