Colleges are headed in the wrong direction | IN 60 SECONDS

Colleges are headed in the wrong direction | IN 60 SECONDS

October 11, 2019 15 By Stanley Isaacs


A 2018 Pew poll reports that a majority
of Americans on both the right and the left say that higher education is headed
in the wrong direction – and they’re spot on. On the left, respondents say tuition
costs are too high. While college presidents have made
excuses and pointed fingers, after-inflation costs have more than doubled
over the past 30 years, as colleges cheerfully spent heavily on amenities,
athletics, and bureaucracy. On the right, those who see things going south
point to politicized classrooms and restrictions on campus speech. Behind the
many instances where Republican sentiment has been treated as a thought
crime on campus is the inconvenient reality that liberal faculty outnumber
conservatives five to one, and that one in three sociologists admit
they’d be less likely to hire a new professor if he or she was a Republican.
While there’s little evidence that public censure will prompt needed change
on campus, it’s reassuring to know that Americans on both sides of the aisle are
seeing things clearly. Do you think America’s colleges are headed in the
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