Magazine October 5, 2020, Issue

Don’t Fix Colleges; Build Them

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Higher-education reform should be an entrepreneurial affair

Academe’s reputation for free inquiry, untrammeled discourse, and practical knowledge is in tatters. The American university today has, bizarrely, become a place dominated by anger, fear, and self-loathing, all wrapped in an unlovely cloak of self-righteousness. Faced with the demands of an enraged fringe of students and scholars, administrators and faculty have lost their nerve. In a fit of sanctimonious justification, they’re cheerfully torching the principles of free inquiry and rigorous analysis to placate the campus Jacobins.

College mandarins have leaped at the chance to do away with SAT and ACT scores and lined up to defend racial preferences. They’ve decreed

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