George C. Leef

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Bad Language Gets a Tenured Female Professor Fired for ‘Sexual Harassment’

Tenure used to provide faculty members with solid protection against all but criminal behavior. But now it is proving no match for weak excuses for firing professors who administrators want to be rid of. Marquette University’s termination of...

Forcing Students to Apply to College Is a Bad Idea

Legislators in New Mexico are pushing a bill that would make students apply to at least one college while they are still juniors in high school. This legislation reflects the powerful belief that college should be the norm for students after they...

Jordan Peterson Shouted Down at McMaster University in Ontario

Universities in the United States do not have a monopoly on intolerant and disruptive students. Canada has them too, as shown by a recent incident at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The school had arranged for a panel discussion on the...

Middlebury Riot Shows the Veneer of Our Civilization is Thin

On March 2, there was one of those oh-so-revealing events that makes people realize that very bad trends are at work in America, trends that are corroding the essence of civilization. Middlebury College in Vermont is a liberal arts school. The...

Will the Surge of Support for Free Speech on Campus Make a Difference?

Last month, PEN America, the U.S. branch of an international organization, published a strong defense of free speech on college campuses. The nearly century-old group stands for the idea that “People everywhere have the freedom to create literature...

Spending on College Sports is Out of Control

th college football season upon us, this is a good time to consider again the allure that fielding winning teams in the big-money sports (football and basketball) has for many higher education leaders. Just as many students are convinced...

Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education

 Department of Education recently proposed new regulations to punish colleges that attract students with misleading claims. But what if the whole system of higher education in America is guilty of that? In his latest book, Charles...

How Grade Inflation Erodes the Meaning of College

Every so often, the issue of grade inflation makes the headlines, and we are reminded that grades are being debased continuously.  That happened in late March when the two academics who have most assiduously studied grade inflation—Stuart...