I moved from Texas to the Bay Area in California four months ago to live near my daughter. This area is consumed by redistribution of income and identity politics with a passionate intensity. It’s even risky at times for me to report that I worked for President Reagan, especially when speaking in academic circles. Education here—in succumbing to identity politics—has done so at the expense of free speech.

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

An old man’s learned sense about politics and today’s threats to individual freedom

By Ronald Trowbridge I have never written a piece like this one—about “my sense is.”   I have published hundreds of articles on political thought, and my format has always been:  state a thesis, then let the facts do the talking.  I have been a student of cerebral political thought since my junior year in college, […]

The (Academic) Empire Strikes Back Against Whistle-blowing Professor

By George Leef One of the biggest stories of 2018 in the academic world was the success that three academics had in getting supposedly reputable journals to publish articles they had concocted from nothing – pure hoaxes. The hoax papers made a strong case that the publication standards in the fields covered (such as gender […]

Students tell their stories in new free speech booklet

Protecting free speech on campus will be on the docket again in many states as lawmakers begin their sessions in the coming weeks. Texas will be one, if TPPF’s Policy Orientation is any indication (Stanley Kurtz, who co-authored the Goldwater Institute’s 2017 report along with me and Jim Manley of the Pacific Legal Foundation, was […]

A fairer due process for sexual assault adjudication

By Ronald Trowbridge The Office of Civil Rights within the Department of Education has issued a new policy for public scrutiny on adjudication of sexual assault.  That policy incorporated the September decision of the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ Roe v. Baum decision that required that students accused of sexual assault be permitted-cross examination […]

Are College “Diversity Statements” Beneficial?

By George Leef In just 40 years, we have gone from a using “diversity” as merely a “plus factor” that colleges and universities could consider in choosing which students to admit (that was the impact of the Bakke case in 1978, a tenuous legal thread that only Justice Powell in his pivotal opinion suggested) to […]

How Colleges Can Better Serve Their Students

By Vic Brown During the time I spent teaching at a liberal arts college, the school president liked to say that every decision the college made had to be one that would support student achievement. It was a noble sentiment, but perhaps college administrators and trustees need to now ask themselves a very different question: […]

The Top Ten Strengths of American Higher Education

By Walter Wendler This reflection was originally published on April 10, 2016. I believe it is worth a second look, and it appears here with only a few modest updates.  WVW American universities are the best in the world. This is widely recognized by experts in higher education from every nation. Fifteen of the world’s top 20 universities […]

Report: Why Universities Lack Needed Intellectual Diversity

By William Murchison So why, if you must ask — and you probably need to, given the gravity of the matter – does the left dominate the American professoriate? Is it because liberals are smarter than anyone else? It’s – um – a bit more complicated than that and a whole lot less obvious on […]

Want Real Affirmative Action? Don’t Look to Harvard.

(From www.jamesgmartin.center): By Roger Ream What we see taking place in higher education is part of a larger battle for the soul of America and the soul of the rising generation of Americans. Nearly 30 years ago, those of us who are classical liberals—believers in limited government and free market capitalism—thought we had won the […]

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 […]