In Addressing Campus Bias, Duke Threatens Free Speech

Following a particularly tumultuous year, Duke University has issued a lengthy report to address “bias and hate” on campus.  The controversy began with reports that a noose was found hanging from a tree in April 2015. Students were disappointed by the administration, and demanded stronger responses from campus authorities to actions they claimed were motivated … Continue reading “In Addressing Campus Bias, Duke Threatens Free Speech”


Vague Campus Rules Undermine Students’ Due Process and Free Speech Rights

Several years ago, the La Voz de Aztlan, a radical left-wing supplement to Fresno State University’s student newspaper, published a poem steeped in anti-American sentiment. It referred to America as “the land robbed by the white savage,” the “land of the biggest genocide,” the “place of greed and slavery,” the “rapist of the earth,” and … Continue reading “Vague Campus Rules Undermine Students’ Due Process and Free Speech Rights”


A promise from the president of the Pope Center

In a few months, I will retire as president of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. I know that my successor, whoever it is, will continue the Pope Center’s commitment to improving higher education.



Governance – October 2013

We cover the success of the enactment by the Texas legislature of a requirement to post course syllabi. We question the role of the UNC Board of Governors’ Committee on Public Affairs. We report on what university presidents think of their boards.




Three Cheers for Half a Book!

In my review of Higher Education? by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus, I suggested that the similarities between the thinking of that book’s politically left authors and my own (libertarians are often  but misleadingly placed on the political right) indicated the possibility of a convergence. The waste and inefficiency of our higher education system is now so manifest that … Continue reading “Three Cheers for Half a Book!”


Are We Stuck with the Politically Correct University?

Does “political correctness” predominate in American higher education? If so, is that a bad thing? And if it’s a bad thing, can anything be done about it? A new collection of sixteen essays, The Politically Correct University, digs deeply into those questions. The editors (Robert Maranto of the University of Arkansas, Frederick Hess of the American … Continue reading “Are We Stuck with the Politically Correct University?”


Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk

Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk Edited by Richard H. Hersh and John Merrow Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 244 pages, $24.95 Books critical of higher education in America used to be written almost exclusively by “outsiders” who were armed with well-sharpened philosophical axes – Dinesh D’Souza and Charles Sykes, for example. Today, however, we are … Continue reading “Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk”