Author: Todd J. Zywicki

Todd J. Zywicki is George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School.

Reforming American Higher Education: Intended and Unintended Consequences

The problems plaguing contemporary higher education are myriad and manifest. I will not try to summarize them here, except to note that they are not merely imagined or trivial. Instead, they are real and existential, reaching to the very heart of modern academe. But identifying the problems does not answer the more important question: what […]

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A Bit of Sarbanes-Oxley for Universities, Please

The impulse to impose Sarbanes-Oxley on universities is tempting.  Indeed,  formal legal mandates on conflicts of interest and the other attributes of good governance might be even more appropriate for universities than for public corporations, as universities lack many of the safeguards of good governance, such as the ability to measure performance through profitability and […]

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Faculty Bewildered as Administrators Siphon Off Money

“Inside Higher Ed” reports that Dartmouth College, facing a $100 million budget gap, is taking more funds from endowed chairs and endowed programs to help pay for administrative costs, alarming faculty, some of whom think the move is unethical. Here is a first reaction to this news: we still think faculty run our institutions, but […]

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