The football program is the decoy. That’s what first makes a lot of people want to see what the university is about."

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

Reading, Writing, and . . . Football

By William Murchison Where do you go to spend $7.5 million a year?, is a question most Americans would like to face.  Now all they have to do is scope out Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M’s new football generalissimo, hired for $75 million, spread over 10 years: the biggest contract ever awarded a football coach. But, […]

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 […]

Six Ideas to De-Politicize the American Campus

  (From jamesgmartin.center): State legislatures are enacting laws that guarantee free speech and freedom of association, a wide variety of organizations have emerged to combat politicization, and campus goings-on are coming under greater public scrutiny. . . . [I]t certainly can’t hurt to keep the pressure on to restore open dialogue and the pursuit of truth. […]

Count the Beans

By Mark Bauerlein Insidehighered.com had a story recently on racist patters of citation in academic research. The title is “The Racial Politics of Citation,” and the subtitle explains, “The lack of citations of scholars of color furthers racial dominance and forecloses potentially valuable areas of intellectual inquiry, argues Victor Ray.” Ray is a professor of […]

Faculty Accountability Is Terrible—Even Students Have Better Standards

(From jamesgmartin.center): By Lou Buttino I became interested in academic accountability within the university because I had no choice: the lack of accountability I experienced at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington obligated me to act. I had become embroiled in a situation where I was morally bound to report wrongdoing. But I had no […]

Trustees, Take Note: Time to Really Do Your Job

Trustees should take a more active role in reviewing and benchmarking the work of faculty and administrators and monitoring outcomes. Too many have seen their role narrowly defined as boosters, cheerleaders, and donors.

Who Will Restore Free Speech On American Campuses?

We live in a moment when mass hysterias override and drive away the reasonableness our civilization once took as a cornerstone of the good life, the life of ordered liberty. Campus disorders merely reflect the mental and moral disorders of the time.