A few examples.
- Texas requires all students to take two classes in Texas history as part of their core.
- Texas decided that since accreditation agencies required a minimum of 120 credit hours to get a bachelor’s degree, that most degree plans shouldn’t go even one credit hour above that minimum.
- The “six drop” law that prevents students from dropping more than six classes in their undergraduate career.
- And, as mentioned Monday, requiring us to put up a syllabus for each class a few months before the class starts. And our CVs.
There’s a joke that makes the rounds that state universities have moved from being state supported, to state funded, to state tolerated, to state located. I think there’s one more step that could be taken: state regulated.
University education and critical thinking skills are sort of like alcohol, tobacco, and firearms – you better keep that stuff contained, because it can be dangerous in the wrong hands.
Additional: Here’s an article in the Austin American-Statesman describing more stuff that Texas wants to do to universities.