Liberty, Higher Education, and the Role of Trustees


This conference addressed fundamental questions facing trustees of colleges and universities (public and private). The key questions were whether higher education can promote a society of free and responsible individuals, and, if so, what is the role of the trustee in achieving that goal?


From Liberty Fund

Education in a Free Society

by Edited and with an Introduction by Anne Husted Burleigh

A position paper by Benjamin A. Rogge and Pierre F. Goodrich leads off this fine collection advocating an educational system based strictly on private and voluntary institutions.

Anne Husted Burleigh is a writer and a contributing editor for Crisis.

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Additional Readings

Ayau, Manuel F. Inaugural Address. Guatemala City: Universidad Francisco Marroquin, 1972.

Chait, Richard, et al. The Effective Board of Trustees. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 1991.

Christensen, Clayton M., Michael B. Horn, Louis Caldera, and Louis Soares. “Disrupting College: How Disruptive Innovation Can Deliver Quality and Affordability to Postsecondary Education.” Center for American Progress. (Accessed March 21, 2016).

Hacker, Andrew and Claudia Dreifus. Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids - and What We Can Do About It. New York: New York Times Books, 2010.

Kiley, Kevin. “Still Fighting.” Inside Higher Ed (March 14, 2013): 5.

Lewis, Harry R. Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education. New York: PublicAffairs, 2006.

Manne, Henry G. “The Problems of Higher Education: Property Rights and Public Choice.” International Society for New Institutional Economics, Philadelphia Marriott, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 4, 2014.

Nieli, Russell K. From Christian Gentleman to Bewildered Seeker: The Transformation of Higher Education. Raleigh: Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, 2007.

Piereson, James. “The Left University.” Weekly Standard 11, no. 3 (October 3, 2005): 1-9.

Zywicki, Todd. “From Wall Street to College Street.” The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. (August 23, 2013).