When I addressed the graduating class at Lone Star College-North Harris, I asked: “How many of you in your extended family are the first to go to college and to graduate?” About 40 percent of the audience raised their hands. That says it all.

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

Reflections of a Retiring College Trustee

By Ronald Trowbridge (pictured) My swan song as a trustee at Lone Star College I will very soon serve my final day as a trustee at Lone Star College, and I want to leave my final thoughts. Having been a teaching adjunct at the college for six years and a trustee for six, I know […]

AAUP calls campus free speech bills a ‘right-wing’ conspiracy

(From campusreform.org): By Tory Airaksinen The American Association of University Professors, which has chapters on more than 500 campuses, is calling on its members to fight against legislation designed to protect free speech on college campuses. According to the AAUP, bills mandating penalties for infringing on free speech or forbidding the cancellation of controversial speakers are […]

Textbook Prices are off the charts. Are Open Educational Resources the Answer?

A 2013 study by the Government Accountability Office revealed that the price of college textbooks rose 82 percent between 2002 and 2013, more than three times the rate of inflation. Data from the College Board put those figures into perspective: the average college student spends about $1,200 per year on books and supplies. This is […]

The Trump Administration Moves Away from Racial Preferences

By George Leef A large part of President Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington consists of revoking previous regulations that advanced leftist ideas about the economy and education. During the Obama years, the Departments of Education and Justice prodded colleges and universities to use race-conscious admission policies in order to achieve more diversity. […]

With Anthony Kennedy’s Exit, What Will Be The Fate of Race-Based College Admissions?

By William Murchison An appalling sign of an appalling tendency to let the U. S. Supreme Court settle All Important Questions is the speculation over whether Justice Anthony J. Kennedy’s eventual successor will disrupt the high court’s jurisprudence on affirmative action–chiefly, affirmative action for college admission. Why are we having this discussion to begin with? […]

Students Get ‘Too Little’ Civics Teaching, Principals Say

(From edweek.org): By Alyson Klein More than half of principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders say schools don’t focus enough on civics, according to a nationally representative survey by the Education Week Research Center.   CONTINUE READING HERE

Educating the Educators: States Take The Lead On Restoring Free Speech On Campus

(From Forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay If some public universities have lost sight of the fact that freedom of speech is essential to both education and American democracy, the American people are fortunate that a growing number of state legislatures have not. Several weeks ago, Louisiana Governor John Edwards signed SB 364, a bill crafted to restore […]

A day of reckoning for the left on free speech on campus

The free-speech-on-campus wars of the 21st century are causing those on both sides of the political divide to do some soul-searching about the meaning of free expression. As this blog has thoroughly covered, there is movement afoot to protect faculty and students on the right and left of ideological debates through state legislation. Yet recent […]