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

On Campus, A Culture of Racial Division and Mistrust

Andy Ngo decided to take part in an event billed as “Students of Color Speak Out.” He writes, “As a student of color and the gay son of refugee immigrants, the event’s premise interested me.” What Ngo found, however, was a climate of animosity directed at white Americans.

Toward more balanced (and interesting) higher-education reporting

The Society of Professional Journalists, to its great credit, says journalists should “encourage a civil dialogue with the public about journalistic practices, coverage, and news content.” In that spirit, I (as a member of the public) offer some observations. The phrase “regulatory capture” describes a situation in which a government agency, board, or commission ceases […]

Time for Students and Faculty to Get Down to Business

Even I have grown weary of the commentaries decrying the recent nuttiness on college campuses. I’ve certainly written my share of commentaries on all of this, but more recently have been focusing my thoughts on what we need to do to turn this situation around.

A Fresno State Professor Learns an Expensive Lesson

A college professor is supposed to teach his subject and serve as a role model for students, at least when it comes to civility and respect for the rights of others. Often, however, professors feel justified in engaging in behavior that wouldn’t be tolerated in children, as a recent case at Fresno State University shows.

The Manufacturing of Controversy

If we really want to stop bias and high-handedness in higher education, we need to make less of the occasional outrages and focus more on the ordinary outlooks and activities of entire academic areas where tendentiousness and partisanship have become standard operating procedure.