Selective institutions are moving quickly, preparing to limit the damage (in their eyes) that the unconstitutionality of affirmative action will do to their institutions. That's what the current policy changes are really about.

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

Against the Numbers

By Mark Bauerlein Why would selective colleges no longer require all or part of the SAT and ACT exams for admissions? Lots of them have made the decision to eliminate the writing portion of the exams in a remarkably short period of time—Stanford, Princeton, etc.—showing just how carefully schools monitor one another’s admissions practices and […]

AAUP calls campus free speech bills a ‘right-wing’ conspiracy

(From campusreform.org): By Tory Airaksinen The American Association of University Professors, which has chapters on more than 500 campuses, is calling on its members to fight against legislation designed to protect free speech on college campuses. According to the AAUP, bills mandating penalties for infringing on free speech or forbidding the cancellation of controversial speakers are […]

The Trump Administration Moves Away from Racial Preferences

By George Leef A large part of President Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington consists of revoking previous regulations that advanced leftist ideas about the economy and education. During the Obama years, the Departments of Education and Justice prodded colleges and universities to use race-conscious admission policies in order to achieve more diversity. […]

With Anthony Kennedy’s Exit, What Will Be The Fate of Race-Based College Admissions?

By William Murchison An appalling sign of an appalling tendency to let the U. S. Supreme Court settle All Important Questions is the speculation over whether Justice Anthony J. Kennedy’s eventual successor will disrupt the high court’s jurisprudence on affirmative action–chiefly, affirmative action for college admission. Why are we having this discussion to begin with? […]

Students Get ‘Too Little’ Civics Teaching, Principals Say

(From edweek.org): By Alyson Klein More than half of principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders say schools don’t focus enough on civics, according to a nationally representative survey by the Education Week Research Center.   CONTINUE READING HERE

Educating the Educators: States Take The Lead On Restoring Free Speech On Campus

(From Forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay If some public universities have lost sight of the fact that freedom of speech is essential to both education and American democracy, the American people are fortunate that a growing number of state legislatures have not. Several weeks ago, Louisiana Governor John Edwards signed SB 364, a bill crafted to restore […]

Are Harvard’s Chickens Coming Home To Roost?

By William Murchison Amid the present uproar over immigration, is it hard to be hard on poor Harvard for the uproar over whether the school discriminates against Asian-American applicants? Ask me another stupid question.  It’s never hard to be hard on a school famed for sanctimony in the matter of disciplining criticisms of affirmative action […]