Professor John O. McGinnis compares diversity statements now required in the University of California with the old requirements of religious belief at Oxford and Cambridge. “The old requirement of the British colleges,” he writes, “was at least less intrusive. One had to profess a set of beliefs but did not have to do anything to advance their social realization. But under the California policy, a prospective faculty member must advance a designated social mission to advance his or her career.”

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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 […]

The Real Gender Trouble

By Mark Bauerlein If you consulted only the press, you would think that gender and women’s studies programs were potent forces on college campuses today.  At insidehighered.com recently, for instance, we read of a “Global Attack on Gender Studies,” as if conservative powers were mobilizing against an established and prominent part of higher education. Added […]

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 […]

Clicks or Bricks

By Walter Wendler With the growing pervasiveness of online and distance education opportunities (Clicks), future students will have transcripts peppered with courses from different modes of instructional delivery at different institutions. At West Texas A&M University, rarely will a student’s academic record come completely from courses taken on campus (Bricks). This “academic diversity” will become […]

Teaching Must Come First

  By Walter Wendler (Originally published on November 30, 2015.  As we begin this season of reflection, “Teaching First” is worthy of another look as we focus on the first purpose of the university and the importance of staying true to our roots.) Forward focus is essential. Over the past four decades, many faculty and university […]

The Integration of Military Service and College Study

By Walter Wendler In 1783, New York Governor George Clinton, proposed that in every state at least one public college should train people for entry into military service. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Morrill Act that said in part …the maintenance of at least one college where the leading object shall […]

Diversity Engineering

By Mark Bauerlein The diversiphiles are desperate.  Nearly 50 years of affirmative action of various kinds still haven’t produced a sufficient critical mass of under-represented groups in the sciences.  It isn’t enough that attitudes have changed.  Whatever forms of sexist or racist biases afflicted the science faculty in 1970, they’re gone now—or so far underground […]

Report: Why Universities Lack Needed Intellectual Diversity

By William Murchison So why, if you must ask — and you probably need to, given the gravity of the matter – does the left dominate the American professoriate? Is it because liberals are smarter than anyone else? It’s – um – a bit more complicated than that and a whole lot less obvious on […]

Scholarships and Student Support

As the cost of college attendance continues to escalate, private support through both need- and merit-based scholarships is more important than ever. The sources for private giving available to students continue to multiply. Last year, in federal grant money alone, $2.9 billion was left on the table. With growing concerns regarding college costs, this is […]

Want Real Affirmative Action? Don’t Look to Harvard.

(From www.jamesgmartin.center): By Roger Ream What we see taking place in higher education is part of a larger battle for the soul of America and the soul of the rising generation of Americans. Nearly 30 years ago, those of us who are classical liberals—believers in limited government and free market capitalism—thought we had won the […]