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

Multiculti U.

(From City Journal): “Multiculti U”     By Heather Mac Donald The budget-strapped University of California squanders millions on mindless diversity programs. In the summer of 2012, as the University of California reeled from one piece of bad budget news to another, a veteran political columnist sounded an alarm. Cuts in state funding were jeopardizing […]

20 Ridiculous Courses Being Offered at U.S. Universities

(From TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com): 20 Completely Ridiculous College Courses Being Offered at U.S. Universities By Michael Snyder Would you like to know what America’s young people are actually learning while they are away at college?  It isn’t pretty.  Yes, there are some very highly technical fields where students are being taught some very important skills, but for […]

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Not a week goes by without hearing more about higher education’s dilemma. Critics point to increasing tuitions and decreasing return on investment, echoing the patterns of rapid expansion and mal-investment that characterized the Subprime Crisis. Opponents of this criticism label this as nothing more than fear-mongering and politicking. A comparison of the levels of debt […]

Let’s Not Have More Disaggregated Data

Quite a few people have built careers in higher education around the supposed need to study how different groups compare, and when the inevitable disparities are discovered, setting up programs to address the “underrepresentation problem.” To get a sense of just how deeply ingrained such thinking is, consider this piece from Inside Higher Ed, “The […]

A New Way to Pay for College

Federal student loan debt now exceeds a trillion dollars, over 13 percent of that debt is in default, even with very generous policies regarding loan repayment, and college enrollments are falling for the first time in this century in part because of growing fears among prospective students about incurring the risks associated with borrowing for […]

DEPT OF ED: “CENSORSHIP? –WHAT CENSORSHIP?”

(From CampusReform.org): Feds Deny Plan to Implement Mandatory Speech Codes Would Violate Constitution By Spencer Schredder Plans to impose a mandatory 47-page speech code on campuses across the country would not violate students’ First Amendment rights, officials at the Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) argued in private email last Wednesday. In […]

LIT PROF RESPONDS TO DEPT OF ED CENSORSHIP

(From the Chronicle of HIgher Education): Purging My Syllabus By Rob Jenkins Not wanting to sexually harass my students, much less be labeled a sexual harasser by the Department of Education,I have decided to review my Intro to Lit syllabus and remove any reading assignments that might contain offensive material. Not that any reasonable person […]

YALE PROFESSOR: WHY LIBERAL EDUCATION MATTERS TO DEMOCRACY

(From the New Criterion): Ave atque vale by Donald Kagan Upon his retirement from Yale, Donald Kagan considers the future of liberal education in this farewell speech. Editors’ Note: Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University and recipient of the National Humanities Medal (2002), retired in May. In forty-four years at […]

END COMING TO HIGHER-ED ACCREDITATION MONOPOLY

(From McKinsey & Co.’s Insights &Publications): College for all Open online courses are changing higher education. Traditional colleges face dangers—and opportunities. May 2013 | byAndré Dua Something big is up in higher education thanks to the advent of “massive open online courses” (MOOCs), which can reach millions around the world. What most people—including university leaders—don’t […]

Swarthmore’s Culture of Narcissism

In 1979, the American historian and cultural critic Christopher Lasch published The Culture of Narcissism:  American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations.  Described in the New York Times as “a civilized hellfire sermon, with little promise of salvation,” the book became a bestseller and won a National Book Award.  The political consultant Patrick Caddell […]