The importance of clearly identifying purpose and place was hollowed out following the mindset of universalism prevalent in contemporary culture.

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

Purpose and Place in Higher Education

By Walter Wendler The roots of higher education in the United States are knotted into purpose and place.  From a functional standpoint, all universities, public and private, existed for producing ministers. At Harvard, three in four graduates in the seventeenth century became working clergy. Most stayed in Massachusetts. Harvard ‘s purpose was crystallized in Samuel […]

After Public Backlash, Texas Education Will Continue to Remember The Alamo

(From forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay When I moved from Illinois to Texas, years ago, my children were still at the K-12 level. Helping my seventh-grader with her homework, I was struck by my new state’s commitment to teaching the history of Texas. Earlier this month, that commitment appeared to be wavering. But today, thanks to a […]

Books are still best

On campus, in the media, and in academic literature, there has been a growing concern about the shrinking attention spans of modern Americans. The evidence is everywhere. Facebook ads fly by at record rates. Students ignore their professors’ lectures so they can check their text messages. And the length of news articles has dwindled so […]

Effective Universities Focus On Service

By Walter V. Wendler An effective leader must do everything within his or her power to create a strong organizational culture. Teamwork, knowledge of process, values shared by all workers, a clear understanding of organizational purpose, and a shared goal of attaining that purpose are the foundation for a positive culture according to Edgar Schein, […]

Think the U.S. Constitution ‘Subverts Democracy’? Think Again

(From forbes.com) By Thomas K. Lindsay For roughly the past fifty years, higher education reformers have been warning about the decline in civic education in this country. National polling consistently shows that Americans, even college graduates, are growing increasingly civically illiterate. A recent survey found that only 36% of respondents can identify the three branches of American government. […]

Yes, There Is A Reproducibility Crisis In The Social Sciences

Since the Enlightenment, advances in science have improved the world in innumerable ways: from Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine to Norman Borlaug’s Green Revolution. Dedicated researchers and technicians have worked tirelessly and sometimes slowly, applying the scientific method to address society’s most pressing problems. Such advances require careful attention to detail and application of the scientific […]

Ultimately, the single greatest impediment to finishing college is a lack of discipline.

By Walter V. Wendler In Texas 52.2% of the college students initially enrolled in 2009 had graduated with a bachelor’s degree by the year 2015, according to the most recent data available at the   National Center for Higher Education Management Systems Information Center. I bet 100% of those enrollees intended to graduate when they signed […]

West Texas A&M President Offers Solid, Post-Graduation Counsel To His Students

West Texas A&M University had its summer graduation last week, as did many universities around the nation. People are always willing to give advice to recent graduates, and I am no exception. Hold on to your hat. Don’t delay paying off student loans. Three of four graduates have educational debt and repayment should begin the […]

Professors allow students to pick their own grade

(From TheCollegeFix): By William Nardi A literature class at Davidson College this fall will use “contract grading,” allowing students to pick ahead of time their grade for the class and the workload they need to complete to earn it. The offer is posed by Professor Melissa Gonzalez for her Introduction to Spanish Literatures and Cultures course, […]

The Diversity Mania Grows – Now, Academic Conferences Must be “Diverse”

By George Leef Ever Since Bill Clinton announced in 1993 that he was determined to have a Cabinet that “looked like America,” the idea that it’s more important that every group be diverse – where diverse means a mixture of people from different racial backgrounds and roughly equal numbers of men and women – has […]