But today’s “progressives” are desperate for causes to keep themselves busy and have found numerous symbols of people and concepts they dislike to fill their need. Officials at Washington and Lee have, as we read in this Inside Higher Ed story, tried to toe a fine line in appeasing them.

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

The Cost of Appeasing the “Progressives” – One University’s Struggle

(By George Leef) With the evident failure of their big policy moves to transform America into a collectivist, egalitarian land (such as Obamacare, fair housing regulations, high minimum wages and so on), “progressives” have retreated into complaints about symbolism. Flags, statues, names on buildings, and the like have taken center stage in the leftist campaign […]

Profs claim Evergreen State report whitewashed campus meltdown

(From CampusReform.org):  By Adam Sabes Evergreen State College released a 38-page report on the wave of protests that engulfed campus last spring, but several professors and a former administrator say the report was manipulated to portray the school in a better light. The commission that produced the report was handpicked by college President George Bridges, and […]

To Punish Disrupters, Or Not? New Recommendations To Restore Free Speech On Campus

(From Forbes.com):  By Tom Lindsay Just how bad is the state of free speech and debate on America’s campuses? In March 2018, Gallup/Knight looked to answer this question through conducting a survey of more than 3,000 college students. The results are frightening: The survey reveals that 61 percent of American college students find that their school prevents […]

The Punishment Problem

By Mark Bauerlein Why don’t administrators punish students when they disrupt lectures and classes? That question underlies what happened this month in Georgia.  Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a campus free speech bill that sets rules for all the public colleges and universities in the state.  Stanley Kurtz’s account of the action is here. […]

What can we actually do about the Fresno State University professor?  Nothing, except . . .

(By Ron Trowbridge): Most of the country is infuriated by Fresno State professor of English Randa Jarrar for celebrating the death of Barbara Bush and calling her a “racist” and “witch.”  What officially can be done about it?  Nothing. Supreme Court rulings have protected her First Amendment right to be obnoxious and hurtful.   Justice Antonin […]

Challenging the ‘Bias Response Teams’ at the University of Michigan

In the potpourri of college censorship that poisons free speech on campus, some ingredients have innocuous titles: Free Speech Zones, Safe Spaces, and Bias Response Teams. None of these elements are what they purport to be, nor do they promote free expression. Free Speech Zones limit where and when students can demonstrate or distribute literature. […]

Six Ideas to De-Politicize the American Campus

  (From jamesgmartin.center): State legislatures are enacting laws that guarantee free speech and freedom of association, a wide variety of organizations have emerged to combat politicization, and campus goings-on are coming under greater public scrutiny. . . . [I]t certainly can’t hurt to keep the pressure on to restore open dialogue and the pursuit of truth. […]

Universities Now Requiring Applicants to Submit ‘Contribution to Diversity’ Statements

  (From intellectualtakeout.org): By Mark Perry Here are more details from a UC San Diego document titled “Guidelines for Applicants Writing Statement“: The Contributions to Diversity Statement should describe your past efforts, as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. It should also demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing women and underrepresented […]

Count the Beans

By Mark Bauerlein Insidehighered.com had a story recently on racist patters of citation in academic research. The title is “The Racial Politics of Citation,” and the subtitle explains, “The lack of citations of scholars of color furthers racial dominance and forecloses potentially valuable areas of intellectual inquiry, argues Victor Ray.” Ray is a professor of […]