Professor Bernie Reeves nails ten theses to National Review's door. It's a mixed bag, and a number of commenters have suggested he's preaching to the converted. On the other hand, there is much to like.
Require a basic dress code. It’s difficult to take seriously young people in T-shirts for all occasions.
I'm not one for making good things mandatory, and yet, students and professors who spruce up a little might have an evolutionary stable strategy within which the strong students and the firm but fair professors can mutually gain.
Re-define confusing and contradictory admissions policies that maintain difficult standards on the one hand; and outreach, remedial courses, and affirmative action on the other.
Simpler. Stop admitting unprepared students and calling it access.
Fail students who don’t achieve rather than allowing them to slide through four to six years with no required criteria to remain in school.
Yes, the academic equivalent of the grumpy old road foreman who suggests that the engineer who breaks too many trains apart consider a different career is desirable. Plus that's a way to demonstrate to the legislators, in the case of state universities, that State U. is not a summer camp.
Bring back the two-year General College with required courses designed to assure students and their families that a student will receive a basic education before choosing a major and heading into the real world.
Better still, insist that the high schools provide the basic education.