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

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 […]

THE TRIUMPH OF THE (POLITICAL) WILL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

     “Liberal collidge perfessers?  You mean right here in Texas?”  Now, Clem, I told you to stop going around sounding like a talk-show caller. Everybody knows no self-respecting member of the University of Texas history faculty would rig a course reading list to make political points.  Or, hmmm, do we really, actually know it?     […]

Giving Universities the Business

       So, hey,  who needs boring  old history when a guy, or a girl, in college can load up on engineering, health care, technology – you know, the stuff  that really  pays?   As Florida Republicans contemplate the higher-ed bottom line,  many, according to the New York Times (Dec. 10),  hanker to “steer students toward majors […]