“All-time high” graduation rates, and what they mean
Nationwide, nearly 3 million students take remedial classes once they get to college, according to the Wall Street Journal. In 2012, the makers of the ACT college entrance exam said some 60 percent of high school graduates are not ready for higher education.
Independent Report Vindicates University of Texas Regent’s Transparency Concerns
Regents should have the access, data, and transparency from the administration necessary to do their job as fiduciaries. Unfortunately, in Texas and around the country, that is too often not the case.
“College Students Are Infants And Deserve Zero Free Speech . . . Says Slate”
Posner’s claim that 18-year-olds are actually biologically incapable of handling free speech was expertly dismissed by Foundation for Individual Rights in Education President Greg Lukianoff when he encountered this argument while testifying before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights last year.
Why Are Americans Getting Dumber? New International Evidence
Grandchildren of the Greatest Generation, we are the Most Selfish Generation, running up debts that our kids will have to pay, avoiding hard decisions to rein in unsustainable entitlements, and, in education, worried more about our teaching loads and our perks than the learning of the next generation. Shame.
Marshall Law: Chief Justice John Marshall v. Obamacare
Marshall is “far more restrained … than the caricature drawn by case book editors and law professors,” whose abridged accounts of Marshall’s opinions “depict him as an activist in the cause of federal power.”
Professors Resist Higher Education Innovation
College and university administrators whose institutions exist to educate—share information with students—believe it’s “critical” to use the greatest system for delivering information ever devised by man, but they’re getting resistance from employees who’d rather cling to the old-fashioned way
Free Speech on Campus (Please Pardon the Oxymoron)
As Thomas Sowell wrote, “If science could cross breed a jelly fish and a parrot, it could create academic administrators.”
U.S. Students at Oxford Find “Shocking Censorship” at UK Universities
Having been students at Oxford University for little more than three months, we have seen numerous examples of shocking censorship on campus. . . . Such a culture of mob-censorship is anathema to the principles upon which Western society has prided itself.
Meet the mid-level bureaucrats who impose speech codes on America’s universities
Tensions between civility norms and intellectual norms are not unique to George Mason. . . . The editors of the Chicago Maroon (the student newspaper) upbraided the faculty committee for failing to exempt what it called “hate speech” from the protections offered to speech in general.
War? Gov. Scott Walker Prods Professors To “Start Thinking About Teaching More Classes”
In light of the collegiate-learning crisis, Governor Walker’s proposal offers . . . not only Wisconsin but the nation an opportunity to reaffirm and recommit itself to the proposition that undergraduate teaching and learning—the central aim of public universities—is the mission that matters most.