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

Beyond the Diversity Charade: Who Needs Selective Admissions?

As I explained in my last column, the Supreme Court has held that state universities can set aside both the ban on racial discrimination in the 14th amendment and a colorblind interpretation of the Civil Rights Act on the grounds that “diversity” in college enrollment is a “compelling state interest”, comparable to victory in World […]

UT’s Diversity Charade, part 1

There may be, at least in theory, exceptional cases in which it is reasonable and just for a government to treat its citizens differently on the basis of their race. However, America decided, both in 1868 and again in 1964 and 1972, to ban all such racial discrimination by government and government-aided schools. In the […]

A $10K Degree in the Liberal Arts

In this year’s State of the State address, Governor Perry called for the state’s public universities to begin offering a BA with a total cost (including tuition, fees and textbooks) of $10,000, in contrast to the current rates of between $26,800 and $45,300. If we include the cost to taxpayers, the total bill at UT-Austin […]

They Came, They Saw, They Flunked

The College Board has released the SAT scores for the class of 2012. In a world of rapid change, it is reassuring to know that some things remain the same. The percentage of test takers who achieved the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark was 43%, the same as last year. In American education any […]

Bias in Higher Education

By Diane Durbin As an educational institution, college is supposed to be a place for learning and sharing ideas. Unfortunately, universities have increasingly become bastions of liberal thought, often times alienating students with more conservative points of view. Whether the class is political science or the history of music, the classroom is not the appropriate […]

Common Core: Dumbing Down “College-Ready” Students

Richard Schramm, of the National Humanities Center, had one of a long string of pro- Common Core pieces appearing recently.  I have been noticing a lot of these, especially by those in institutions that receive public funding or are supported by the Gates Foundation. I was skeptical of Common Core’s supposed “rigor” since the get-go.  […]

Rights, Duties, and the Vocation of Professor

Even when faculty accept the distinction between training for a profession and education for citizenship, conflicts arise between their role as teachers and their rights as citizens. Some teachers use class time to advocate partisan political positions. I disapprove, but understand they believe the right to free speech guaranteed under the US Constitution‘s First Amendment […]

The Academic Double Standard on Bush and Obama

In the current issue of the Claremont Review of Books John Yoo recounts the “embarrassingly biased statements [about George W. Bush] from some of the leading lights” of the history profession as he reviews Stephen F. Knott’s Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics.  Eric Foner, Joseph Ellis, Douglas […]

Educating the Educators—About How to Read

Recently, Binks-Cantrell, Washburn, Joshi, and Hougen (2012) expanded the study of teacher knowledge of basic language constructs to a new population of teachers – university instructors.  Their hypothesis was that one of the reasons many of our pre-service and in-service teachers lack the knowledge of reading constructs is because they are not receiving adequate preparation […]

Lowering College Costs on the Margin

In an earlier blog post, I argued that the fundamental solution to the college cost problem is in the hands of students and families. They are the ones who keep saying yes to ever higher tuition and fees. They are the ones who eschew modest accommodations in favor of schools with ostentatious dormitories. They are […]