Every year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) releases a list of the worst colleges and universities in the country for free speech: schools that routinely violate the First Amendment rights of students and faculty on campus. On Tuesday, February 12, FIRE released its list for 2019.

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

FIRE Names 2019’s Worst Universities for Free Speech

Every year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) releases a list of the worst colleges and universities in the country for free speech: schools that routinely violate the First Amendment rights of students and faculty on campus. On Tuesday, February 12, FIRE released its list for 2019. The list includes both public and […]

Coordination of Higher Education in Texas

By Walter Wendler Raymund Parades, the Commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), recently announced his resignation, effective August 31, 2019. This announcement caused me to reflect on the complexity of the enterprise and the importance of the coordination among the many members if higher education is to effectively serve the aspirations of […]

The Real ‘White Rose’ Resistance

By Cliff Porter During World War II, the White Rose was a group of medical students at the University of Munich who rejected the evil of Nazism in the name of spiritual freedom and free will and thus determined to resist the Nazi regime.  The symbolism of the White Rose has since been expropriated by […]

Education is the only antidote to prejudice

By Ronald Trowbridge Prejudice–that is, myopic prejudging–is often more the rule than exception in politics.  G. K. Chesterton wisely observed that something can be so big that many do not see it—or only half see it.  They thus judge partially and unfairly.  I cite three recent examples. One, a restaurant owner in San Mateo, California […]

Creating a non-PC University

By William Murchison Well, now, if  you want to reform  higher education — bring it into line with historic standards and expectations– you can, of course, set up the National Committee to Buy Harvard for, well, just how many billions?  More than Jeff Bezos keeps in his home safe. Or you can listen attentively to […]

The Foreign Language Slide

By Mark Bauerlein The Modern Language Association just reported an astonishing statistic. From 2013 to 2016, colleges and universities in the United States shut down fully 651 programs or offerings in foreign language fields. Students just aren’t enrolling in language classes (the major in all foreign languages combined is down more than 20 percent since […]

Can the Traditional College Model Survive?

By Walter Wendler As we begin 2019, anyone involved in higher education, student or family member, spouse or friend, high school principal or daycare worker, instructor or president, knows things are changing at universities. Whether a public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit, online or on-campus, universities are in flux. And this broth of changing forces […]

Aren’t Veterans an ‘Underrepresented’ Group that Would Add ‘Diversity’?

By George Leef Nearly all of America’s premier colleges and universities grandly state that they are dedicated to “diversity and inclusiveness.” They have established administrative bureaucracies bearing names like “Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” and pride themselves on their success in recruiting students from groups that have been historically “underserved” by higher education. How […]

A New Initiative Looks To Save Failing Students — and Their Colleges

(From www.forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay During my years as a college administrator and faculty member, I was saddened each winter break to learn just how many of our seniors were not on target for graduation in the spring. This is, unfortunately, a fairly a common problem. Complete College America reports that the average time to a bachelor’s […]

An old man’s learned sense about politics and today’s threats to individual freedom

By Ronald Trowbridge I have never written a piece like this one—about “my sense is.”   I have published hundreds of articles on political thought, and my format has always been:  state a thesis, then let the facts do the talking.  I have been a student of cerebral political thought since my junior year in college, […]