Phi Beta Cons

On the Road to Radically New Evaluation of Colleges’ Performance

Kudos to Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed for his detailed ongoing coverage of the rocky road to forcing colleges and universities to define and measure student outcomes in a manner that would permit public comparisons of similar institutions. Learn more here about the latest efforts toward this goal–by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges–and how they are scaring colleges silly.

Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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Politics & Policy

Ilhan Omar: A Hostage Situation

‘It has to stop,” says Representative Ilhan Omar. No, it does not. Representative Omar, the Jew-hating Minnesota Democrat, is engaged in one of her usual games of misdirection, a pattern of hers that by now is familiar enough to be predicted: She says something outrageously stupid, offensive, ... Read More
Film & TV

Everyone Is Wrong about The Searchers

The greatest Western of all time . . . isn’t. Though The Searchers is regularly hailed as the finest exemplar of its genre and one of the best movies of any kind (seventh-best of all time, according to the decennial Sight & Sound poll), John Ford’s 1956 film is mediocre for most of its run time. Nearly ... Read More
Immigration

Trump Is Hell-Bent on ‘Owning the Libs’

President Trump is looking into giving a free trip to San Francisco, New Orleans, or other great American cities to tens of thousands of refugees from Central America. All so he can own the libs. “Owning the libs” is one of those phrases to have emerged over the past few years that vacillates between ... Read More