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higher education



  • The Half-Century Road to the Student Debt Crisis

    by John Thelin

    A fatal mistake made by Congress in 1972 was to expand aid to students, imagined as consumers, through the Guaranteed Student Loan program, instead of subsidizing institutions to control costs. 



  • Putting the Tenure Debate in Historical Perspective

    by Adam Sitze

    Academic tenure has much in common with the historial practice of lifetime appointments for judges. Why are academics reluctant to embrace the comparison? 



  • University Attempt to Give Back Gets Backlash

    Higher ed historian Davarian Baldwin says that Fairfield University's plan to develop a low-cost Associates Degree college will be an incomplete solution to the problems of uneven development in Bridgeport, Connecticut (a problem that is partly fueled by the operation of private universities). 



  • The Far Right is Coming for Colleges

    by Kathryn Gin Lum

    Under the banner of "classical education" and civics, the far right is funding a growing number of academic centers to advance conservative views. Historians Michael Butler, Nancy MacLean and Bethany Moreton comment. 



  • What Makes a Conservative Christian College?

    by Andrea L. Turpin

    What does it mean when a self-identified "Conservative Christian" college determines that it has violated its own mission by teaching Critical Race Theory? Is the violation religious or political in nature? 



  • How "Divisive Concepts" Laws are Targeting Universities

    A survey of recent legislation affecting the teaching of "divisive concepts" in history and other courses, plus changes to what kinds of diversity trainings are required or permitted in multiple states. 



  • Dan Patrick's Illiberal Attack on Higher Ed

    by Jonathan Marks

    There are good conservative arguments for abolishing faculty tenure; Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick isn't advancing one of them as he seeks to punish political opponents for their ideas.



  • Campus CRT Battles Recall 1920s Evolution Fight

    by Adam Laats

    Faculty and teachers who want to fight back against the Critical Race Theory panic can take the high ground by stressing the importance of quality research and teaching, if the 1920s are a guide.