The University of Texas is once again one of the highest ranked universities in the nation, but Longhorns might not be bragging about their most recent accolade any time soon.
The ranking stems from Campus Reform, a journalistic project of the Leadership Institute which works to expose bias on college campuses across the nation.
As part of their year-end coverage, the website reviewed the “most outrageous protest, most anti-conservative statements, most egregious arrests, and most politically biased courses, in order to determine the overall five craziest campus stories of 2018.”
UT-Austin came in third. As Campus Reform put it:
In the spring, Campus Reform reported that the University of Texas-Austin forced a student to write a response paper about a movie on toxic masculinity after a Title IX investigation found him guilty of harassing another student. The student claims the university’s determination against him was ‘questionable’ and alleged the university was discriminating against him in an act of ‘anti-male bias.’
In a letter obtained by Campus Reform, UT president Gregory Fenves wrote to the student that, ‘nothing you allege, even if true, would change the ultimate outcome of this matter.’
While perhaps Campus Reform should have chosen the incident when a student pro-Kavanaugh event was disrupted by liberal students, one of whom attempted to literally eat a sign, the incident they refer to is galling.
And the organization isn’t alone in blowing the whistle on the perennial problems on the Forty Acres. In the past year we at Texas Scorecard have covered their administration’s decision to settle a sexual harassment suit against a former coach, employ almost a hundred bureaucrats tasked with pursuing diversity on campus, and redefine masculinity.
Mark Pulliam, a UT alumnus and longtime citizen critic of the administration, said the recent ranking should spark a review of the university’s administration.
UT alumni should be concerned that their alma mater makes the top five “craziest college campus stories of 2018.” We clearly need new leadership at UT. @campusreform @TexasExes @TexasYCT @jbmilliken @gregfenves https://t.co/MMlC2tBROK
— Mark Pulliam (@MisruleofLaw) December 31, 2018
Pulliam is right that Longhorns everywhere should be incensed that such shenanigans continue to make a mockery of their institution, but Texas taxpayers who didn’t attend the university should be even more upset that their tax dollars are being used to fuel so much left-wing indoctrination.
Now that Gov. Greg Abbott’s appointee Kevin Eltife is the chairman of the UT Board of Regents, citizens should remember that it is the governor who is ultimately responsible for the state of Texas college campuses, and it is on him to end the abuse of taxpayer dollars happening under all of our noses.