by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Anthony Hennen offers Martin Center readers good options for learning more about higher education reform.
As more students have headed to college and a degree is seen as a way to shape students as workers and as citizens, higher education’s mission has become more important. Its leaders, and their personal beliefs, have become more contentious, too.
In recent months, many conservative thinkers have publicly debated how to reform higher education—or, even, if they should.
Political liberals, as well, have joined in. From reform and technocratic changes to complete withdrawal and abolition, below is a selection of the more-insightful additions to the debate over higher education, and perhaps, a look at where future reformers will pull American higher education.
At a conference on The Virtue of Nationalism hosted by the Bow Group, Common Sense Society, and the Danube Institute, Roger Scruton suggests a solution to the politicized university is to get rid of universities altogether. …
… In National Affairs, Frederick Hess and Brendan Bell choose the less-radical route Scruton suggests and advocate the creation of “An Ivory Tower of Our Own.” …
… In The Atlantic, Alan Jacobs argues against cloistering into a conservative unversity; for him, the bigger issue is intellectual diversity.