In 2011 conservatives raised awareness concerning our need to reform higher education. Since then Texas public universities have taken steps to lower costs, offer degrees for $10,000 and increase transparency. The higher education establishment wasn’t a helpful partner in this effort.
A recent job posting by the University of Texas signals the establishment is gearing up for more resistance in 2013.
Texas Exes, UT’s alumni association, is looking for a full-time Advocacy Editor. The individual will track higher education developments, create and disseminate messaging and interact in the legislative process. In addition to an emphasis on communications the position has a clear eye toward affecting policy at the capitol.
This position is an acknowledgment that the education reform genie is out of the bottle. Since the bold moves taken by Texas in 2013 there have been other advances on the ivory tower in several other states. Some have been more successful than others. The important bit of the effort thus far is increased scrutiny.
In early 2011 Texas’ largest public colleges were systematically asked to prepare reports about how money was being spent. This departure from the status quo sent the institutions into fits of rage. The higher education establishment spent big creating a public relation obstacle for further reforms but the damage had been done. Reformers had hit a nerve.
While the accounting problems were exposed in 2011 further efforts would do well to expose the unfiltered leftism that festers in academia.
The position of advocacy editor might include such tasks as promoting modern day eugenics. We’ll have to watch and wait to find out.
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