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Diversity be Damned!

“If critics have a problem with the goal of diversity, they should say so,” writes law professor Stacy Hawkins in a vigorous counterattack against critics of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) mandates. Well, here I am. Hawkins notes that even some DEI critics acknowledge the value of racial and ethnic diversity. But they are wrong: […]

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An Octogenarian Reflects Upon Student Protests Over Six Decades

As angry crowds of student protesters gathered at elite universities across the nation to call for a ceasefire—and, in many cases, to echo the Hamas demands for the destruction of Israel—many are no doubt inspired by the vision of earlier student protesters who brought an end to the senseless violence that resulted from American intervention […]

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Higher Education Subsidization: Part 1—Subsidy Justifications and Rationales

Editor’s Note: This series is adapted from the new paper Higher Education Subsidization: Why and How Should We Subsidize Higher Education? Part 1 explores the justifications and rationales that have been used to subsidize higher education. Higher education has long been subsidized by the government in America, but the reasons used to justify subsidization have […]

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Against the Latest Student-Loan “Forgiveness” Scheme

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal on May 16, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. The Martin Center opposes the Biden administration’s new loan-forgiveness rules for two basic reasons: They are outside of the Department of Education’s authority, and they will have adverse consequences. Legal Authority Economists […]

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Book Review: Beyond Grievance Politics

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Law & Liberty on May 16, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. The summer of 2020, when George Floyd’s murder inspired America’s “racial reckoning,” seems a distant memory. Although talk of a right-wing backlash is often overstated, we have witnessed some effective pushback against left-wing identity politics from the […]

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The Baby Talk of “Inclusion and Belonging:” Higher Education is Not a 6th Grade After-School Club

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Brutal Minds on May 14, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. American higher education is, in its best incarnation, both a place and an endeavor where rigorous and demanding instruction occurs for America’s best and brightest students in a passing-on of the best that has been thought, written, and […]

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Ole Miss investigates student for making monkey noises in political debate, despite looming free speech issue

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Liberty Unyielding on May 6, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. When it is ideologically convenient, progressives switch back and forth between being “free speech absolutists” in defense of their own side’s speech, to being avid censors of ugly speech by the other side. A classic example is the […]

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Columbia has more full-time employees than undergrads, including an Earth Observatory DEI director

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by The College Fix on May 17, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. Columbia University’s Earth Observatory has its own DEI director and two supporting administrators as part of its 6,756 administrator army. The office currently includes Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vicki Ferrini, Senior Manager for Academic […]

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Animal Consciousness: The Latest ‘Science’ Magic Show

On April 19, the “New York Declaration on Animal Consciousness” was announced to some fanfare. Mark your calendars because the Declaration was hailed as a momentous change in our thinking about animals. Science says so! Forty scientists signed the Declaration! More scientists’ signatures are coming in! NBC News and MSN, among other media, are breathless […]

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Reverberations of 1774’s Intolerable Acts

The Administration of Justice Act and the Massachusetts Government Act, two of the four Intolerable Acts, became law on May 20, 1774. The Administration of Justice Act allowed a royal governor to remove from one colony to another, or to England, the trial of a royal official for actions up to and including murder, committed […]

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Clemson’s New Elevator to Success: This One Weird Trick Will Double Your Research

In 2023, Claudine Gay, then President of  Harvard University, was the focus of plagiarism accusations. The university’s board came to her defense, re-branding her plagiarism as “duplicative language without appropriate attribution.” Harvard’s board employed an investigative process that its faculty had neither seen nor approved. Many people wonder whether lower-tier universities will follow Harvard’s examples […]

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A Simple Test for Diversity and Inclusion

While students and professors are entitled to protest any Israeli policy they want, intimations of Jew-hatred violate campus norms of diversity and inclusion (D&I)—as the E in DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) seems to be slipping out of fashion. These violations have become so rife and have been punished so lamely that they mock pledged […]

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Against Democracy in Education: Reading, Writing, Shooting, and Smoking in Tocqueville, Jefferson, and Palafox

You may not have noticed, but we live in revolutionary times and at a global level. A lab-created plague just killed millions of people, and now we’re witnessing the migration of millions more from third-world countries into Europe and the United States. Constitutional governance has drawn to a close in the only remaining superpower, where […]

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Florida Professor Planning ‘Encampment’ of a Different Sort

“But ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” – Acts 1:8 As a college professor concerned with the broadening of my students’ compassionate understanding of […]

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U. Maryland rewrites ‘underrepresented minorities’ scholarship after College Fix inquiry

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by The College Fix on May 7, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. The University of Maryland rewrote a new scholarship for “underrepresented minorities” following a College Fix inquiry. The School of Pharmacy, located in Baltimore, sought “applicants for five scholarships for students who are underrepresented in regulatory science that start in […]

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No, Mr. Mayor, Outside Organizers Are Not Responsible for Student Radicalism

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by The Epoch Times on May 6, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. In his May 1 press conference on the university student demonstrations, occupations, and riots, New York City Mayor Eric Adams blamed outside professional organizers for radicalizing our young people in universities in New York, on campuses throughout […]

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Developing an Ethos of ‘Extravagant’ and ‘Intentional’ Hospitality

Editor’s Note: This essay is the second excerpt from the author’s doctoral project titled “Reaching Generation Z with the Gospel at a Christian University through Faith Integration, Radical Hospitality, and Missional Opportunities,” completed as part of the Doctor of Ministry program at Knox Theological Seminary. The content has been edited to adhere to MTC’s guidelines. For […]

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The Trouble with Our Founders

A decade ago, I gave a talk on the Quiché-Mayan epic at the Popol Vuh Museum at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. It was flattering at first. The smallish auditorium was full. About 100 people. A lot for a topic in the humanities at a school devoted to law, business, economics, and dentistry. I spoke […]

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Essential Insights for American Students on Government Operations

In college classrooms, students often hear the assertion that “advanced societies require extensive government intervention to flourish.” However, this perspective is shortsighted in understanding how America has prospered and operates. The reality is clear: governments currently control around 30 percent of GDP, non-profits add another 10 percent, leaving the vast majority, 60 percent, generated and […]

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Humanities Must Embrace Rigorous Standards

Much has been said about the decline of humanities, but one important aspect receives less attention: the humanities are easy and becoming easier. Certainly, this was the popular impression among students when I was an undergraduate at the University of Toronto. The softer the subject, the easier it was. My friends’ schedules, usually posted on […]

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Curricular Visions: Technology as Human Nature

What are the important topics that make a university education valuable? And even while the student traverses the various courses? Or in the future, when the student takes his or her place in society? I attended Columbia College in the 1960s. I took the foundational classes in Western Civilization and Humanities, but I failed to […]

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When University Leaders Won’t Lead

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Dissident Professor on May 7, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. There are a number of college campus protests going on right now, and they will likely continue in some form for some time. You may be sympathetic, or you may object on a number of very legitimate […]

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A Mission Statement for New College of Florida

The revitalization of institutions like the New College of Florida (NCF) provides us with an opportunity to step back and consider the purpose of elite colleges—their telos. NCF has provided a draft mission statement. However, outside some welcome references to a classical liberal arts education, it lacks all specifics. There is nothing measurable, no metric […]

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Progressive cities won’t enforce trespass laws against left-wing anti-Israel protesters, violating First Amendment rule against viewpoint discrimination

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Liberty Unyielding on May 4, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. You have a right to free speech, but that doesn’t give you a First Amendment right to camp out on my lawn with protest signs. That’s trespassing. But government officials sometimes allow trespassing when they sympathize with […]

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Texas’s Higher Ed Officials Need to Wake Up

To regain order and discipline on our college campuses, leadership must understand the problem and who is involved. They must then take the necessary steps to ensure that every college campus provides a safe learning environment for all students. Since October 7, 2023, there have been many pro-Hamas and pro-Palestinian demonstrations on our nation’s college […]

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What Lies Behind Student Pro-Hamas, Anti-Israel, and Anti-Semitic Uprisings?

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by The Epoch Times on April 29, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. The sudden uprising of university students across North America in support of Hamas and allegedly about the welfare of Palestinians does not result, for most students, from close ties with people on the other side of […]

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Red Flags: Kids in the Crosshairs of Ideological Online Therapy

What do you get when you mix startup culture and therapy? Since the pandemic, the psychological wellness of the First World has been in freefall. As of 2023, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness and 17 percent of youth aged six to 17 have a […]

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The DEI Campus Pantomime

What’s been happening on elite campuses this spring is quite simple. Protesters have enacted “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI). They’ve put into practice the DEI corollary known as “silence is violence.” The message is clear: Jews are not welcome short of performing the “silence is violence” pantomime. Protesters are engaging in red-guard-like behavior under the […]

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The State of Student Loan Forgiveness: May 2024

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Cato Institute on May 1, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. Note: This post updates last month’s post. The biggest changes from last month include: The newest plan relying on regulatory changes under the Higher Education Act has been released and is summarized. A new court case against the SAVE plan […]

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Competition, the American Way

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by RealClear Wire on April 25, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. Our K-12 educational system is designed to serve much less than 50 percent of American students. For decades the cry has been that “all kids must go to college.” Yet, only a minority do so and fewer graduate. […]

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