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

Harvard Refocuses the MBA

Last year, the Harvard Business School announced that it is making major changes to its curriculum and that these changes, according to its marketing release, are aimed to “create leaders of competence and character, rather than just connections and credentials”.  Evidently there is a certain concern and maybe a little guilt that 58% of its […]

Crossing to Safety

By Frank Buckley Wallace Stegner has disappeared into that void into which great authors tumble, twenty years after their deaths, until they are rediscovered 40 years later. He, along with Willa Cather and W.O. Mitchell, is amongst the greatest of western novelists, and his Wolf Willow memorably described the parched country in which I grew […]

Training vs. Education

In 1644 John Milton sketched the curriculum of an academy for students aged twelve to twenty-one. “This place should be both school and university.” His target was educational reformer John Amos Comenius, who advocated (in modern terms) a child-centered education that aimed at preparing students for a profession. Milton’s proposal was for (again in modern […]

Prescient Lawmaker Challenges Higher Ed Groupthink

It’s been said that higher-education administrators treat regents like mushrooms: “Keep them in the dark and feed them manure.” Regrettably, some haughty administrators—in my home state of Oklahoma, higher education is known as the fourth branch of government—often treat state lawmakers the same way. Fortunately, not all lawmakers are content to stay in the dark. […]

The Latest “Diversity is Educational” Report

You know that a court case involving the permissibility of using racial preferences to engineer a “diverse” student body is approaching when you see a flurry of reports finding that great things happen when schools are made more diverse. One of those reports was released in early August. It involved the University of North Carolina […]