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

Is pedagogical profanity sexual assault?

U. S. District Judge Shelly Dick upheld the firing by the LSU president of Prof. Teresa Buchanan on the grounds of Title IX “sexual assault.” Her crime? The professor sometimes uses pedagogical profanity in the classroom.

This “Higher Education Council” Has Much to Learn

The signatories make the obligatory bow toward free speech and inquiry: “Higher education is a phenomenal place for minds to be challenged, to inquire, explore, discover and question the status quo,” they write. If you are expecting the next sentence to begin with the word “but,” you get a gold star.

Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee

I recently attended a panel discussion at my alma mater, the University of Texas in Austin. The topic was “Free Speech on College Campuses: Where to Draw the Line?”

The shrinking marketplace for ideas

State Rep. Briscoe Cain’s interrupted appearance at Texas Southern University is just the latest instance of a speaker being turned away from a college campus — a space that is supposed to be a shrine for competing ideas.

Hitting ‘Em Where It Hurts – the Pocketbook

Despite all the grumbling, Americans keep donating huge amounts of money to their schools. They admit that they are deeply dissatisfied, but still write hefty annual checks to help support their alma mater. It’s like smoking—a bad habit that many simply can’t break.

The Left in the Universities

There is a book coming out that everyone interested in campus politics should read. It is a refresher course in the recent past, years 1998-2010, well before the current protests and disinvitations and riots broke out, though it foreshadows everything that has happened since.