How refreshing and inspiring it would be if another John Silber came along and responded to the protesters, “At this school, we stand for scholarly ideals and civilized norms of conduct. If you can’t observe them, you should go.”

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

The Great Awokening

By Mark Bauerlein Darel Paul’s account of what is happening at Williams College, along with his analysis of “woke” forensics, is a far-sighted discussion that everyone should read. Paul is a professor at Williams in the Political Science department, and author of From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage His tone […]

Texas Legislature Educates Universities on the First Amendment

By William Murchison You and me both: Why would the Texas Senate need to pass –as happened the other day, amid rare unanimity — legislation requiring uniform free speech policies on college campuses along with procedures for protecting free speech duly exercised thereon? We all, sadly, know the answer.  It is that college these days […]

Exciting Free-Speech Progress in South Dakota

On March 20, 2019, Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota signed into law the first bill in the country aimed at protecting and promoting intellectual diversity on college campuses. House Bill 1087, “An Act to promote free speech and intellectual diversity at certain institutions of higher education” received strong support from South Dakota’s House members […]

Trump’s Executive Order is a big step forward on college data

By Andrew Gillen Last week was an eventful one for higher education. On March 18, President Trump released his proposal for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Three days later, the president issued an executive order focused primarily on campus free speech. The order also contains some exciting news about expanded reporting on how much […]

College costs, student debt, job prospects: All 3 will be improved with Trump’s executive order

(From Washington Examiner) By Thomas K. Lindsay In his book The Way to Wealth (perhaps America’s very first book of financial advice), Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Franklin might amend that today, in light of the skyrocketing cost of a university education, the crushing burden of student debt, and the mismatch […]

Statist Conservatives?

By Mark Bauerlein President Trump’s proposal to reconsider Federal funding of colleges and universities that fail to observe free speech principles has opened another front in the general redefinition of conservatism currently happening in intellectual circles. (See here, here, here, and here for specimens of the debate).  At first sight, the action doesn’t jibe with […]

Texas Flagship Universities Fly the Flag for Freedom of Speech on Campus Campuses

(From Forbes.com) By Tom Lindsay In January, Texas A&M University became the Lone Star State’s sole university to receive the highest possible rating for its protection of the First Amendment on campus. At the same time, it appears that the University of Texas System is considering taking its own principled stand for freedom through adopting the University of […]

The Case Against Giving to Your Alma Mater

By George Leef Many successful Americans think that they have some moral obligation to “give back” some of their wealth to the college or university from which they graduated.  Maybe they have fond memories of their years on campus; maybe they think that higher education in general needs and deserves support; maybe they hardly think […]

Case Challenges the Monopoly Power of Faculty Unions

By George Leef A series of recent decisions by the Supreme Court has eroded the power of public-sector unions to coerce workers they claim to represent. Most significantly, last year’s decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees held that the First Amendment prevents public unions from forcing workers to pay […]