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

Campus Free-Speech Disruptions Test Our Democratic Faith

On January 31, the Texas Senate’s State Affairs Committee will travel to Texas State University in San Marcos to hold a hearing to “ascertain any restrictions on Freedom of Speech rights that Texas students face in expressing their views on campus.”

The Silencing of John McAdams

John McAdams, a long-serving, tenured faculty member at Marquette University was fired because of a blog post in which he criticized a young colleague for the way she responded to a student who had asked why, in her course on contemporary ethical issues, they wouldn’t take up same-sex marriage.

Is pedagogical profanity sexual assault?

U. S. District Judge Shelly Dick upheld the firing by the LSU president of Prof. Teresa Buchanan on the grounds of Title IX “sexual assault.” Her crime? The professor sometimes uses pedagogical profanity in the classroom.

Bruce Cole: Scholar, Leader, Warrior

Bruce Cole died on January 8. He was 79 years old. People know of Bruce because he led the National Endowment for the Humanities during the George W. Bush administration, the longest tenure of any chairman of that agency. How he got there is a study in why he is worth remembering.

The Furor Over Student Loan Forgiveness

Once again, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has kicked the hornet’s nest, this time by changing the rules for deciding if a student will be relieved of his or her obligation to repay federal college loans.

The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone

Thanks to tenure, I have a dream job for life. Personally, I have no reason to lash out at our system of higher education. Yet a lifetime of experience, plus a quarter century of reading and reflection, has convinced me that it is a big waste of time and money.

This “Higher Education Council” Has Much to Learn

The signatories make the obligatory bow toward free speech and inquiry: “Higher education is a phenomenal place for minds to be challenged, to inquire, explore, discover and question the status quo,” they write. If you are expecting the next sentence to begin with the word “but,” you get a gold star.

The Columnist on College

At this point, it is impossible to speak honestly about higher education and politics without acknowledging widespread anti-conservative bile. Identity politics are too strong and severe and, most important of all, broadly publicized to be denied. So, liberal commentators such as Rampell just ignore them.