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

Mitch Daniels, Straight Shooter

Mitch Daniels isn’t afraid to say what needs to be said. In 2010 The Weekly Standard profiled the Indiana governor in a cover story called “Ride Along with Mitch.” Andrew Ferguson describes a scene in which the Harley-riding chief executive pulled into a McDonald’s to get some coffee. He got his coffee and moved to […]

BIASED TEACHING IN THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HISTORY DEPARTMENT

The Texas Association of Scholars and the National Association of Scholars’ Center for the Study of the Curriculum has just released a 62-page in-depth study titled, “Recasting History:  Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History?” The study “examined all 85 sections of lower-division American history courses” at the University of Texas and Texas A&M […]

WASTEFUL AND INEPT ADMINISTRATORS ARE RUINING OUR COLLEGES

Question: If those who can’t do, teach, and if those who can’t teach, administer, then what do those who can’t administer do? Answer: They get raises and a bigger staff. (The article below comes courtesy of the good folks at MindingtheCampus.com) Wasteful and Inept Administrators Are Ruining Our Colleges By Benjamin Ginsberg Since the early […]

THE TRIUMPH OF THE (POLITICAL) WILL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

     “Liberal collidge perfessers?  You mean right here in Texas?”  Now, Clem, I told you to stop going around sounding like a talk-show caller. Everybody knows no self-respecting member of the University of Texas history faculty would rig a course reading list to make political points.  Or, hmmm, do we really, actually know it?     […]

Benghazi and the Trahison des Clercs

During the interval between the World wars, a French philosopher named Julien Benda published a fiery indictment of what he called La Trahison des Clercs, the treason of the clerisy or intellectuals.  Benda, a champion of reason against passion, of the just against the expedient, of scholarship against advocacy, denounced Europe’s intelligentsia for selling out […]

REAPING WHAT WE SOW: THE HARVEST OF MULTICULTURALISM

Congratulations to the National Association of Scholars (NAS) and its Texas affiliate on the release of a very instructive study of the American history curriculum at The University of Texas (UT) and Texas A&M University (A&M), and for the initiative to shed light on the required foundational American history courses at the state’s two flagship […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYPSE

Bill Ayers to Keynote Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting From Breitbart.com: Domestic terrorist Bill Ayers is set to be a keynote speaker at the annual meeting for the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) next month in Atlanta, GA. ATE’s website for the meeting describes Ayers’ work on the topic of education. It fails to […]

The Grade Inflation Funding Model

I read Tom Lindsay’s Real Clear Politics article on how graduation rates can be a poor measure of colleges, and it was dead on the money. I especially appreciated his criticism of “outcomes-based funding models.” We at the Pope Center have been wrestling against a similar “Performance-based Funding Model” (to access the proposed model, follow […]

Pay As You Earn Burns Taxpayers

The Obama administration has been touting new regulations on student lending that it argues could help borrowers “lower their monthly federal student loan bills.” The Department of Education’s website details changes to the income-based repayment option, which the administration argues will lessen the financial burden of attending college. Under income-based repayment, monthly loan payments are […]

Graduating to Mediocrity?

From RealClearPolitics, January 16, 2013 Raising College Graduation Rates Isn’t Enough By Thomas Lindsay Imagine this: A study shows that America’s automotive industry is producing cars that are defective in 36 percent of cases. How does the industry respond to the crisis? By announcing an initiative to build still more of said clunkers, but faster […]