Absent compassion, our intelligence is ultimately of little value; or as C.S. Lewis is claimed to have suggested, “Education without character may make a man a more clever devil.”

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

Human Potential

By Walter Wendler Without trappings, the ultimate purpose of a university education is to enhance human potential. While wrapping up a high school visit in Amarillo, Texas, I asked the audience of students and parents if anyone had any questions. A young man sitting towards the back of the room with our head football coach […]

The Real Gender Trouble

By Mark Bauerlein If you consulted only the press, you would think that gender and women’s studies programs were potent forces on college campuses today.  At insidehighered.com recently, for instance, we read of a “Global Attack on Gender Studies,” as if conservative powers were mobilizing against an established and prominent part of higher education. Added […]

Teaching Must Come First

  By Walter Wendler (Originally published on November 30, 2015.  As we begin this season of reflection, “Teaching First” is worthy of another look as we focus on the first purpose of the university and the importance of staying true to our roots.) Forward focus is essential. Over the past four decades, many faculty and university […]

College Readiness

By Walter Wendler When colleges are confronted regarding low six-year graduation rates (52% in Texas) and low persistence rates—the rate at which freshman continue into the second year of college (about 73% nationally), the immediate response of too many in leadership positions is to blame high schools for low college readiness marks. College readiness is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Peaceful SCOTUS demonstration met with violence on Texas campus

From (campusreform.org): By Adam Sabes Conservative students holding a pro-Kavanaugh demonstration at the University of Texas-Austin were met by liberal counter-protesters. One of the counter-protesters is seen in the video ripping up signs and shouting profanity.  CONTINUE READING HERE

Rebranding the Case for the Liberal Arts

  By William Murchison It’s nice every once in a while — and maybe more often than that — to see reaffirmed the notion that higher education isn’t solely the new training ground for the realization of whatever dream Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos lay at our feet, leading to our enrichment  and enjoyment.  There […]

Learning Liberty: Congress Should Fund the “American History for Freedom” Initiative

(From forbes.com): By Thomas K. Lindsay It has been ten years since the Federal Higher Education Act was last reauthorized. Little-noticed at the time, the 2008 reauthorization added a new provision—“American History for Freedom” (AHF)—which sought to counteract the politically correct agenda that has become all the rage at too many colleges and universities. AHF would […]