For a few days, it looked like Texas was next in the politicization of history. That this did not happen likely owes to two factors: (1) mobilization by everyday citizens, and (2) the good will and intellectual probity of the advisory panel.

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

After Public Backlash, Texas Education Will Continue to Remember The Alamo

(From forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay When I moved from Illinois to Texas, years ago, my children were still at the K-12 level. Helping my seventh-grader with her homework, I was struck by my new state’s commitment to teaching the history of Texas. Earlier this month, that commitment appeared to be wavering. But today, thanks to a […]

Harvard requests its past history of anti-Semitism be ignored in Asian-American discrimination case

(From thecollegefix.com): Harvard is trying to make sure that its past history of anti-Semitism isn’t going to affect its present as it faces charges of discrimination against Asian applicants. The Harvard Crimson reported that Students for Fair Admissions, the group that filed an ongoing lawsuit alleging Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants, intended to bring at least 12 exhibits […]

The Squeeze: Many Colleges Facing Existential Threat

By Walter Wendler The birthrate in America has been on the decline. In 2016, with slightly less than 60 births per 1000 women, a historic low was realized. This marks universities. Those most affected by decreasing birthrates will be regional campuses like West Texas A&M University. Institutions not among the elite private or the flagship […]

Voting with Their Feet

By Mark Bauerlein The unreality of many educators is often an astonishing spectacle. The University of Wisconsin has issued a draft document under the title “Program Productivity Monitoring.” The document lays out certain criteria for reviewing academic programs in the Wisconsin system.  (An “academic program” is defined as “majors approved by the Board of Regents.”)  The […]

Chronicle Review Smears Great-Books Education As Fascist

By George Leef There are two national publications devoted entirely to higher education. One is Inside Higher Education and the other, the older of the two, is The Chronicle of Higher Education. Mostly, it publishes material in line with the interests of the higher education establishment, although from time to time you find an article […]

Books are still best

On campus, in the media, and in academic literature, there has been a growing concern about the shrinking attention spans of modern Americans. The evidence is everywhere. Facebook ads fly by at record rates. Students ignore their professors’ lectures so they can check their text messages. And the length of news articles has dwindled so […]

Effective Universities Focus On Service

By Walter V. Wendler An effective leader must do everything within his or her power to create a strong organizational culture. Teamwork, knowledge of process, values shared by all workers, a clear understanding of organizational purpose, and a shared goal of attaining that purpose are the foundation for a positive culture according to Edgar Schein, […]

More companies dropping college degree requirement for new hires

(From foxbusiness.com) By Tracee Carrasco No degree? No problem? More and more companies are scrapping college degree requirements for jobs. They’re not saying you shouldn’t seek higher education, but not having a degree won’t be a barrier for you to work in certain jobs at their companies. Some of the 15 big companies saying “no bachelor’s […]

Universities Must Embrace New Strategies If They Hope To Survive

By Walter V. Wendler Funding for higher education is down over 20% in a few decades and continues to decrease. Institutional philanthropy designed to add dimensions of excellence to university life in support of students or simply to sustain steady quality is required. Impact Givers—Philanthropists that work to make measurable change, givers who take pride […]

The Social Justice Movement Is Just Another (Very Profitable) Business

By George Leef Americans who style themselves as social justice advocates view themselves as working to save a huge swath of the population (women and all “people of color”) from the ravages of the white, male, capitalist world. They routinely denounce business for its nasty habit of “putting profit before people.” When those people advocate […]