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Academic Crimethink

When I began my professorial career in the late 1960s, social scientists were wildly optimistic. University-based brainpower would soon banish poverty and eliminate crime; assist former African colonies to create peaceful, ...

Another Modest Proposal to Rescue Universities

Today’s universities suffer numerous problems, but one of the most intractable (and sometimes costly) concerns violations committed when recruiting athletes, especially football and basketball players. There are the endless tales ...

Making Affirmative Action Profitable

Today’s universities are beset with problems, but two of the most intractable are budgetary shortfalls and navigating the affirmative-action quagmire. First impressions aside, these two problems are related — affirmative ...

Capturing the College Textbook

At least superficially, the Right’s counterattack on the Left-dominated academy seems a roaring success. We now have dozens of conservative-leaning think tanks whose experts daily churn out policy analyses, together ...

Why So Few Professors on the Right?

Since the 1960s the Left has been on an ideological roll, bringing America multiculturalism, socially constructed reality, mindless diversity, the primacy of race/class/gender and allegedly invisible institutional racism/sexism/homophobia, among multiple ...

Dumb Is the New Smart

The central claim in Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses — that nearly half the students on 29 college campuses learned nothing during their ...

Can Universities Be Made PC-free?

Conservatives are forever complaining about campus PC, i.e., the forceful imposition an unreal political orthodoxy. Regardless of proposed cure, it is always assumed that the disorder is curable. While anti-PC ...

Truth, Not Ideological Balance

As the academy grows more stridently left wing, conservatives respond with calls for ideological affirmative action — for schools to hire more right-thinking faculty so students encounter intellectual diversity. This ...