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

The Death of Free Speech on College Campuses

One of the truly delightful things about college is that it allows earnest young people to try out all sorts of ridiculous ideas without causing much lasting harm. After graduation, most will grow up and learn how to laugh at their prior selves.

Death Spiral or Not, Law Schools Won’t Change

“Law schools are run by the faculty for the faculty,” she says. Quite so. And legal scholarship – all those law review articles that professors slave over, leaving them little time for students? She writes, “The value of legal scholarship, which is rarely read, has its skeptics, among them Chief Justice John Roberts.”

In The Matter of Sweet Briar College

There is an amazing failure of imagination here—rooted in the institutional liberalism pervasive in higher ed—and a terrific opportunity for an educational entrepreneur.

Governor Abbott’s Higher-Education Agenda

The dedication of funding for attracting top researchers is a good idea that seems compatible with the ETF mission, and I would allocate even more than the 50% the Governor proposes, possibly all of it.

Ideologues Throw a Tantrum over UNC Poverty Center

If my hypothetical center or anything like it ever existed, leftists would insist that it be closed. I would too. Universities should be places for academic work, not the propagation of political ideologies.

Texas Looks to Lift College Grading Standards

At the deepest level, grade inflation is a moral issue. Why? Because it deceives students. How? One of the fundamental truths of existence, concurred in by all the world’s major religions and philosophers, is that life is difficult. . . . But grade inflation teaches our students exactly the opposite lesson.

Campus Speech Codes And The Closing of the Academic Mind

Do colleges with free-speech zones and speech codes wish to imply in principle that Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, Martin Luther, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and a heckler should be denied permission to speak on campus because their language might be abusive?