A liberal calls out intolerant leftists who smother free speech on campus
From their silent role models on the faculty and in university leadership, students learn that silencing works. The mob learns that colleges like Brandeis, which disinvited women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali from campus due to intolerant complaints about her activism, will succumb to criticism rather than defend freedom.
Columbia Multicultural Advisors: Put Trigger Warning on Ovid’s Metamorphoses
The Trigger Warning Warriors . . . likely consider themselves immune to criticism. In fact, in their minds criticism of their Trigger Warning and re-education demands likely reinforces their view that the Western classics are oppressive.
Big-name commencement speakers: revered tradition or a waste of time and money?
Bills in New Jersey and Illinois have proposed banning public universities from using public funds to pay for commencement speakers.
Is a “bias incident reporting” system any better than a speech code?
Colorado’s Bias Incident Reporting system will become a wet blanket thrown over free speech on campus. Eventually, it will probably be challenged on First Amendment grounds, but even if it falls, look for the people on campus who really believe that speech should be controlled rather than free to come up with something else.
Are Students Customers?
Everything we know about where the higher education mission is headed today tells me that the notion of the student as a customer is becoming dominant in this trade-off and a big part of me is pained by the fact that, for example, the humanities and liberal arts are the losers, and with them, the pursuit of learning for its sake.
Reforms aimed at fighting grade inflation are falling short
The pressures to grade inflate are many: to attract students and boost enrollment; to appease graduating students seeking employment; and the desire on the part of universities to be “feeder schools” for graduate programs.
The Collegiate-Learning Crisis
As detailed in the landmark national study of collegiate learning, Academically Adrift, there is a nationwide college-student-learning crisis: 36 percent of college students across the country demonstrate little-to-no increase in critical-thinking skills after four years spent in college.
Should Universities Own Patents?
Traditional universities want to have it both ways: they want the tax subsidies and exemptions associated with their non-profit status, but they also want to claim they own private intellectual property and make millions from that as well.
To Stem Or Not To Stem? That Is Not The Question
Until our academic culture embraces again what is truly higher in higher education—our capacity to discover Truth—expect still more exoduses from the liberal arts, regardless of how much attention STEM studies receive.
Why Universities Need Strong Boards: The Case of Wallace Hall
Harry Lewis, former dean at Harvard, writes that often “governing boards do not know what is going on,” that they are “notoriously inattentive” and “carefully managed and quite docile.” He argues that trustees “must not return to functioning as the University’s honorees and cheerleaders rather than governors.”