Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Program is Poorly Targeted

– August 29, 2022

“The student loan forgiveness program fails to help the very least well off while providing support for some of the most well off. It may be politically expedient, but it is difficult to justify on standard welfare grounds.” ~ William J. Luther


What Do We Mean by Liberal Education?

– August 28, 2022

“The mark of a genuinely liberal education is that it aims at instilling a set of paradoxical qualities, which are often quite fiercely at odds with one another: the capacity for inquiry, and the capacity for membership.” ~ Wilfred M. McClay


High Art, Commerce, and the Problem of The Beatles

– August 27, 2022

“The Beatles are just the tip of the iceberg. The Beatles are a problem because they open the door for other non-traditional but influential artists and works to be thought of as high art.” ~ Robert Edward Gordon


No, There Is Not a “Neoliberal” Poltergeist in Higher Ed

– August 27, 2022

“Without meaningful mechanisms to check for wastefulness and accountability, the competition for scarce university budget resources leads to sacrificing educational quality in favor of expanding enrollment.” ~ Phillip W. Magness & Robertas Bakula


Yes, You Need the Liberal Arts

– August 25, 2022

“As Madison wrote, ‘What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual & surest support?’” ~ John Agresto


Higher Education is Complicit in the Politicization of Science

– August 23, 2022

“We are entering our own period of Lysenkoism, Staddon fears. Those who espouse politically correct narratives get ahead, while those who challenge them are ignored or censored.” ~ George Leef


Back to School? A Higher Ed Crisis

– August 22, 2022

“What few families can see, at least before they arrive at a college, are the internal forces degrading both the internal and external values of university education.” ~ Laura Williams


The Suicide of the American Historical Association

– August 20, 2022

“In this branch of academia, it does not matter whether the 1619 Project was truthful or factually accurate. The only concerns are whether its narrative can be weaponized for a political cause or used to deflect scrutiny of the same.” ~ Phillip W. Magness


Review: It’s Not Free Speech

– August 15, 2022

“Unlike Lisbon in 1755, our universities are not yet ruined, but they certainly might be if we allow them to be subordinated to politics in the way that these authors recommend.” ~ Steven McGuire


The DIE Revolution Will Transform Tenure

– August 12, 2022

“If universities start removing outspoken faculty members who are adherent to the traditional academic ethic, there will simply be no recourse within the new system.” ~ Alexander Riley


Fit to Print? UNC’s Settlement with Nikole Hannah-Jones is Bad News

– August 3, 2022

“It turns out the $75,000 wasn’t quite enough. As part of her settlement, she somehow managed to secure a bunch of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) sinecures for 20 university administrators.” ~ Phillip W. Magness & James R. Harrigan


Take the Money and Run: Taxpayers in AZ Will Fund Students, not Schools

– July 26, 2022

“Arizona has turned a corner in its understanding of public education. The one-size-fits-all factory model won’t have an iron grip on the state’s whole concept of education – nor its budget.” ~ Laura Williams