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

School for Scandal at Cheatin’ U

As online education grows, so do the ranks of its critics. One of the charges leveled by online learning’s doubters is that it is easier for students to cheat on exams given over the Internet.

North Carolina Chancellor Choice Sparks Controversy

When your job is to observe the world of higher education, you tend to spend an inordinate amount of time scratching your head and asking, “How in the heck did that person get that job?” Time after time, top administrators seem to be overmatched by the tiniest problems that occur on their watch, problems that your average person could easily handle by simply doing what’s right, or they have entirely the wrong skill sets for the job.

Free Speech Recedes So Everyone Can Feel “Safe and Respected”

Top college administrators have a difficult job. They have to pay lip service to ideals they are supposed to care about, while they do the opposite, acting in ways that conflict with those ideals. One example is academic standards. College presidents always say that they’re devoted to academic excellence, when in fact they often sacrifice […]

Grade inflation and what it says about our culture

With each passing semester more students demand—yes, demand—not just a passing grade but an ‘A’—students are beginning to think they deserve the grade they want not the grade they have earned.

Yet another scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill

It has been several months since the last University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sports scandal (of course, school was out for the summer). But the school is making up for lost time with a doozy.

A Tipping Point for College Athletics

Mark the date: The recent court ruling in the O’Bannon case combined with a decision by the NCAA in effect creating a “superconference” will serve as the impetus for the acceleration of the downward spiral of the highest levels of college athletics into farm systems for the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.

Should We Fear Academic Blacklisting?

One of the hottest academic controversies of the year involves the decision by the University of Illinois to “unhire” Professor Steven Salaita.