Clark Patterson

Clark Patterson is a senior at the University of Texas, Austin, and editor-in-chief of Contumacy Magazine.

Clark Patterson is a senior at the University of Texas, Austin, and editor-in-chief of Contumacy Magazine.

Security Issues

Here’s one voice hoping that Monday’s murder rampage at Virginia Tech leads to few substantive changes either in college campus security, specifically, or in increased state and federal governmental controls ...

Core Considerations

Anne D. Neal makes a number of cogent arguments regarding the utility of legislative oversight in restoring accountability to higher education, particularly with respect to the broader conservative goal of ...

Losing in Principle Is Not a Fix

Although I might have the minority opinion here, I believe that a legislative-mandated academic bill of rights would be, in the long run, counterproductive to the conservative mission of establishing ...

Inflating Grades, Deflating Standards

This article at insidehighered.com covering yesterday’s Spellings Commission Summit on Higher Education illustrates once again how the two overriding goals of American colleges and universities today — access and accountability ...

Middle Class Welfare

More evidence that college student governments are now little more than lobbying groups for increased higher education subsidies — an AARP for the 18-24-year-old set. During this spring break week, ...

Exit Strategies

More from insidehighered.com today about the role of our regional and national accreditation agencies in developing criteria for measuring what college students actually learn at the end of their 4-5 ...

All Quiet on the Leftist Front

In its Views section today, Inside Hire Ed has an interesting article on the American and European left’s reluctance to make common cause with the dissidents and Islamic refuseniks in ...

A Return to Standards

Insidehighered.com reports today that Texas governor Rick Perry has proposed broad and comprehensive standardized exit exams for graduating college seniors. While Perry argues that this new level of testing ...

Finally, an Occasion for Racial Dialogue

InsideHigherEd.com reports today on the current outrage engendered by an allegedly racially-offensive party held on the MLK holiday at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Tarleton State president Dennis McCabe ...

Murray, Take 3

On the opinion page of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Charles Murray completed his great trilogy of columns on the state of American education by arguing against the rampant egalitarianism and ...