Do you think that an NFL team, when scouting players they might draft, would ignore objective measures of football ability, such as time in the 40 yard dash or the weight they can bench press, in favor of just their college records, knowing that some players compete in far more demanding conferences than do others? Of course not.

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

The “Test-Optional” Trend – Good or Bad?

By George Leef It used to be the case that every American high school student who had any thoughts about college took either the SAT or ACT. Both are standardized tests meant to assess how “college ready” a student is. Those who scored very well knew they would be accepted and probably do well at […]

Opponents of Campus Free-Speech Laws Forgot the History of the Civil Rights Movement

(From Forbes.com): By Thomas K. Lindsay Two weeks ago, a demonstration in support of Supreme Court nominee (now Justice) Brett Kavanaugh at the University of Texas at Austin was met with not only opposition but also some pushing and shoving. UT is far from the only school to witness such confrontations. Even the First Amendment, it […]

Textbook-Free, Not Free Textbooks

By Walter V. Wendler Last week, Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney reported that student debt now exceeds $1.53 trillion—a burden that millennials carry. There are no silver bullets. Hope for many lies in loan forgiveness. In all likelihood, it will not happen. For me, it is a moral issue:  People […]

All against One

By Mark Bauerlein Many years ago when I was an assistant professor, a man in another department knocked on my office door and proceeded to make a delicate request.  I didn’t know him very well, and I was only in my second or third year at Emory.  I was a nobody, in fact, with only […]

Why The Declining Public Confidence in Higher Education?

By Walter Wendler There is a shifting public perception regarding the value of universities both to society in general as a public good, and to individuals as a private good, according to a recent Gallup study. It is sad for me. I have been involved in university work of sundry kinds since 1975. Republicans, Democrats […]

The Supreme Court and Constitutional Interpretation

By Ronald Trowbridge The U. S. Supreme Court will be center-right for at least a decade.  Don’t let anybody fool you that major decisions by this court are not in large measure political.  Legal scholar Jeffrey Toobin, a legal analyst for CNN, was right on the mark about the politics of the Supreme Court.  In […]

New Gallup Poll Finds Unusually Large Drop in Public Confidence in Higher Ed

(From insidehighered.com): By Scott Jaschik Just under half (48 percent) of American adults have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in higher education, according to an analysis being released today by Gallup. That figure is down from 57 percent in 2015 and represents a larger than typical decline in confidence in an American institution in […]

The Postmodern Paradox

Here’s a paradox: Grade inflation among American universities is at an all-time high; college classes are becoming easier and goofier with every passing year; yet, students are currently more stressed-out than ever before. How is this possible? The answer is simple. Creating the world in your own image is stressful. Indulge me for a moment. […]

Rural Kids in College

By Walter Wendler Contrary to predispositions, some rural kids do very well in universities. A recent Opportunity Insights study reports that rural students from many areas of the country are as upwardly mobile as their contemporaries from urban or suburban communities. However, the notion that students from rural communities are not as well prepared for […]

Why Are Campus Leftists So Comfortable with Ad Hominem Attacks?

By George Leef Founded in 2008, the Center for the History of Political Economy (CHOPE) at Duke University aims to revitalize an aspect of the study of economics that is sadly in decline, namely the study of the history of economic thought. If you think it’s bad that English majors today can earn their degrees […]