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

Trigger warnings, colleges, and the ‘Swaddled Generation’

Praising Chicago’s example, Purdue President Mitch Daniels laid out the stakes in a telephone interview: “If universities want to embarrass themselves with their behavior, allowing people to be shouted down or disinvited, that’s their problem.

A liberal calls out intolerant leftists who smother free speech on campus

From their silent role models on the faculty and in university leadership, students learn that silencing works. The mob learns that colleges like Brandeis, which disinvited women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali from campus due to intolerant complaints about her activism, will succumb to criticism rather than defend freedom.

Is a “bias incident reporting” system any better than a speech code?

Colorado’s Bias Incident Reporting system will become a wet blanket thrown over free speech on campus. Eventually, it will probably be challenged on First Amendment grounds, but even if it falls, look for the people on campus who really believe that speech should be controlled rather than free to come up with something else.

Are Students Customers?

Everything we know about where the higher education mission is headed today tells me that the notion of the student as a customer is becoming dominant in this trade-off and a big part of me is pained by the fact that, for example, the humanities and liberal arts are the losers, and with them, the pursuit of learning for its sake.

Reforms aimed at fighting grade inflation are falling short

The pressures to grade inflate are many: to attract students and boost enrollment; to appease graduating students seeking employment; and the desire on the part of universities to be “feeder schools” for graduate programs.

The Collegiate-Learning Crisis

As detailed in the landmark national study of collegiate learning, Academically Adrift, there is a nationwide college-student-learning crisis: 36 percent of college students across the country demonstrate little-to-no increase in critical-thinking skills after four years spent in college.

Should Universities Own Patents?

Traditional universities want to have it both ways: they want the tax subsidies and exemptions associated with their non-profit status, but they also want to claim they own private intellectual property and make millions from that as well.

To Stem Or Not To Stem? That Is Not The Question

Until our academic culture embraces again what is truly higher in higher education—our capacity to discover Truth—expect still more exoduses from the liberal arts, regardless of how much attention STEM studies receive.