Every year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) releases a list of the worst colleges and universities in the country for free speech: schools that routinely violate the First Amendment rights of students and faculty on campus. On Tuesday, February 12, FIRE released its list for 2019.

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

FIRE Names 2019’s Worst Universities for Free Speech

Every year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) releases a list of the worst colleges and universities in the country for free speech: schools that routinely violate the First Amendment rights of students and faculty on campus. On Tuesday, February 12, FIRE released its list for 2019. The list includes both public and […]

The Real ‘White Rose’ Resistance

By Cliff Porter During World War II, the White Rose was a group of medical students at the University of Munich who rejected the evil of Nazism in the name of spiritual freedom and free will and thus determined to resist the Nazi regime.  The symbolism of the White Rose has since been expropriated by […]

Education is the only antidote to prejudice

By Ronald Trowbridge Prejudice–that is, myopic prejudging–is often more the rule than exception in politics.  G. K. Chesterton wisely observed that something can be so big that many do not see it—or only half see it.  They thus judge partially and unfairly.  I cite three recent examples. One, a restaurant owner in San Mateo, California […]

An old man’s learned sense about politics and today’s threats to individual freedom

By Ronald Trowbridge I have never written a piece like this one—about “my sense is.”   I have published hundreds of articles on political thought, and my format has always been:  state a thesis, then let the facts do the talking.  I have been a student of cerebral political thought since my junior year in college, […]

The (Academic) Empire Strikes Back Against Whistle-blowing Professor

By George Leef One of the biggest stories of 2018 in the academic world was the success that three academics had in getting supposedly reputable journals to publish articles they had concocted from nothing – pure hoaxes. The hoax papers made a strong case that the publication standards in the fields covered (such as gender […]

Students tell their stories in new free speech booklet

Protecting free speech on campus will be on the docket again in many states as lawmakers begin their sessions in the coming weeks. Texas will be one, if TPPF’s Policy Orientation is any indication (Stanley Kurtz, who co-authored the Goldwater Institute’s 2017 report along with me and Jim Manley of the Pacific Legal Foundation, was […]

A fairer due process for sexual assault adjudication

By Ronald Trowbridge The Office of Civil Rights within the Department of Education has issued a new policy for public scrutiny on adjudication of sexual assault.  That policy incorporated the September decision of the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ Roe v. Baum decision that required that students accused of sexual assault be permitted-cross examination […]

Are College “Diversity Statements” Beneficial?

By George Leef In just 40 years, we have gone from a using “diversity” as merely a “plus factor” that colleges and universities could consider in choosing which students to admit (that was the impact of the Bakke case in 1978, a tenuous legal thread that only Justice Powell in his pivotal opinion suggested) to […]

How Colleges Can Better Serve Their Students

By Vic Brown During the time I spent teaching at a liberal arts college, the school president liked to say that every decision the college made had to be one that would support student achievement. It was a noble sentiment, but perhaps college administrators and trustees need to now ask themselves a very different question: […]

The Top Ten Strengths of American Higher Education

By Walter Wendler This reflection was originally published on April 10, 2016. I believe it is worth a second look, and it appears here with only a few modest updates.  WVW American universities are the best in the world. This is widely recognized by experts in higher education from every nation. Fifteen of the world’s top 20 universities […]