Why have college leaders let the disrupters off with a small rebuke or no action at all? That may be the most frustrating factor in the whole affair of campus shutdowns.

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

The Punishment Problem

By Mark Bauerlein Why don’t administrators punish students when they disrupt lectures and classes? That question underlies what happened this month in Georgia.  Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a campus free speech bill that sets rules for all the public colleges and universities in the state.  Stanley Kurtz’s account of the action is here. […]

What can we actually do about the Fresno State University professor?  Nothing, except . . .

(By Ron Trowbridge): Most of the country is infuriated by Fresno State professor of English Randa Jarrar for celebrating the death of Barbara Bush and calling her a “racist” and “witch.”  What officially can be done about it?  Nothing. Supreme Court rulings have protected her First Amendment right to be obnoxious and hurtful.   Justice Antonin […]

Yes, Markets Work In Higher Education

(By John Carroll) University of Wisconsin Stevens Point succumbed to market pressures and is abandoning the notion that they can survive as a traditional liberal arts college. They are eliminating majors, and probably faculty too. Students simply aren’t buying what they’re selling. Rather than mourning the loss, we should celebrate the transformation.  Markets work, even […]

What Harm Hath Koch Wrought?

(By George Leef) If you ever doubted that the “progressive” demands for more diversity on campus exclude intellectual diversity, the recent events regarding George Mason University (GMU) should settle the question. GMU is notable for having both an economics department and a law school where right-of-center scholars are numerous. They are also highly regarded for […]

An Army of Low-Level Administrators

In 2010, Jay P. Greene released an eye-opening report, “Administrative Bloat at American Universities: The Real Reason for High Costs in Higher Education.” He wrote: “Between 1993 and 2007, the number of full-time administrators per 100 students at America’s leading universities grew by 39 percent, while the number of employees engaged in teaching, research or […]

Challenging the ‘Bias Response Teams’ at the University of Michigan

In the potpourri of college censorship that poisons free speech on campus, some ingredients have innocuous titles: Free Speech Zones, Safe Spaces, and Bias Response Teams. None of these elements are what they purport to be, nor do they promote free expression. Free Speech Zones limit where and when students can demonstrate or distribute literature. […]

Six Ideas to De-Politicize the American Campus

  (From jamesgmartin.center): State legislatures are enacting laws that guarantee free speech and freedom of association, a wide variety of organizations have emerged to combat politicization, and campus goings-on are coming under greater public scrutiny. . . . [I]t certainly can’t hurt to keep the pressure on to restore open dialogue and the pursuit of truth. […]

Universities Now Requiring Applicants to Submit ‘Contribution to Diversity’ Statements

  (From intellectualtakeout.org): By Mark Perry Here are more details from a UC San Diego document titled “Guidelines for Applicants Writing Statement“: The Contributions to Diversity Statement should describe your past efforts, as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. It should also demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing women and underrepresented […]