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Top Consideration: Not Education but Money

In this week’s Clarion Call, I write about a most enlightening lawsuit involving a demoted dean’s allegation that his school deliberately trashed its academic standards to help retain weak students.

My argument is that colleges and universities have been doing that for decades, but are usually subtle enough not to get caught (or sued, at least).

The case also highlights the need to employ what economists call “Public Choice” theory — i.e., the assumption that public officials will generally make decisions that are in their own interest rather than for “the public good” — when we think about the actions of college officials.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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