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

“All-time high” graduation rates, and what they mean

Nationwide, nearly 3 million students take remedial classes once they get to college, according to the Wall Street Journal. In 2012, the makers of the ACT college entrance exam said some 60 percent of high school graduates are not ready for higher education.

Why Are Americans Getting Dumber? New International Evidence

Grandchildren of the Greatest Generation, we are the Most Selfish Generation, running up debts that our kids will have to pay, avoiding hard decisions to rein in unsustainable entitlements, and, in education, worried more about our teaching loads and our perks than the learning of the next generation. Shame.

Marshall Law: Chief Justice John Marshall v. Obamacare

Marshall is “far more restrained … than the caricature drawn by case book editors and law professors,” whose abridged accounts of Marshall’s opinions “depict him as an activist in the cause of federal power.”

University of Chicago Stands Up for Academic Freedom

Let’s hope that this resolution . . . will serve as an example for other institutions. As for accountability for those institutions whose leaders don’t adhere to these principles . . . how about denying federal and state funding to those who restrict freedom of speech through “speech codes” and other obstructions to free exchange?

Needed: A Better Measure of College Learning than “Seat Time”

Fortunately, despite Carnegie’s hesitation there are other developments indicating that the credit hour’s days may be numbered. Some institutions, such as Western Governors University, have for several years offered degree programs based on competency measures.