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

Statist Conservatives?

By Mark Bauerlein President Trump’s proposal to reconsider Federal funding of colleges and universities that fail to observe free speech principles has opened another front in the general redefinition of conservatism currently happening in intellectual circles. (See here, here, here, and here for specimens of the debate).  At first sight, the action doesn’t jibe with […]

Reflections on the College Admissions Scam

By William Murchison Lessons abound amid the stink and squalor of the college admissions scandal: the bribes-to-admit racket uncovered by the Justice Department.  Hordes of the rich and famous in finance, Silicon Valley, and the entertainment industry saw nothing wrong and everything right about greasing palms to get their kids into prestigious colleges — never […]

College President’s Open Letter to High School Class of 2019

By Walter Wendler This has been published a number of times at spring break over the past decade. It is updated here and refreshed in its importance for the honesty and transparency required to make a good university great for a region. The third Maxim of WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World, “Build Undergraduate […]

Remembering Obama’s Unattained Goal of Increasing The Number of College Grads

By George Leef Much about the Obama years is fading from memory, including one of the former president’s first goals — to significantly increase the percentage of Americans who earned college degrees. Ten years ago, Obama declared that, in order to maintain America’s world economic leadership, it was imperative that we put many more people […]

Texas Flagship Universities Fly the Flag for Freedom of Speech on Campus Campuses

(From By Tom Lindsay In January, Texas A&M University became the Lone Star State’s sole university to receive the highest possible rating for its protection of the First Amendment on campus. At the same time, it appears that the University of Texas System is considering taking its own principled stand for freedom through adopting the University of […]

The Case Against Giving to Your Alma Mater

By George Leef Many successful Americans think that they have some moral obligation to “give back” some of their wealth to the college or university from which they graduated.  Maybe they have fond memories of their years on campus; maybe they think that higher education in general needs and deserves support; maybe they hardly think […]

Rethinking Pell Grants to Better Help Low-Income Students

By William Murchison The new fixation of American universities is the question: how many yearbooks exhibit white students in black face (plus, what are we going to do about something that happened a hundred years ago?)  However, in terms of racial matters, the conundrum universities really should focus on is, how do we increase graduation […]

New Cake, Old Recipe

By Walter Wendler When Clark Kerr unveiled A Master Plan for Higher Education in California in 1960, it was heralded as a stroke of genius. And it was. Kerr went to the capitol in Sacramento requesting unparalleled financial support to build scientific prowess. He won the arguments, in part, because California Community Colleges were open […]

Case Challenges the Monopoly Power of Faculty Unions

By George Leef A series of recent decisions by the Supreme Court has eroded the power of public-sector unions to coerce workers they claim to represent. Most significantly, last year’s decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees held that the First Amendment prevents public unions from forcing workers to pay […]

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 […]