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Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Scholarships and Student Support

As the cost of college attendance continues to escalate, private support through both need- and merit-based scholarships is more important than ever. The sources for private giving available to students continue to multiply. Last year, in federal grant money alone, $2.9 billion was left on the table. With growing concerns regarding college costs, this is […]

Want Real Affirmative Action? Don’t Look to Harvard.

(From www.jamesgmartin.center): By Roger Ream What we see taking place in higher education is part of a larger battle for the soul of America and the soul of the rising generation of Americans. Nearly 30 years ago, those of us who are classical liberals—believers in limited government and free market capitalism—thought we had won the […]

College Readiness

By Walter Wendler When colleges are confronted regarding low six-year graduation rates (52% in Texas) and low persistence rates—the rate at which freshman continue into the second year of college (about 73% nationally), the immediate response of too many in leadership positions is to blame high schools for low college readiness marks. College readiness is […]

The “Test-Optional” Trend – Good or Bad?

By George Leef It used to be the case that every American high school student who had any thoughts about college took either the SAT or ACT. Both are standardized tests meant to assess how “college ready” a student is. Those who scored very well knew they would be accepted and probably do well at […]

Opponents of Campus Free-Speech Laws Forgot the History of the Civil Rights Movement

(From Forbes.com): By Thomas K. Lindsay Two weeks ago, a demonstration in support of Supreme Court nominee (now Justice) Brett Kavanaugh at the University of Texas at Austin was met with not only opposition but also some pushing and shoving. UT is far from the only school to witness such confrontations. Even the First Amendment, it […]

Textbook-Free, Not Free Textbooks

By Walter V. Wendler Last week, Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney reported that student debt now exceeds $1.53 trillion—a burden that millennials carry. There are no silver bullets. Hope for many lies in loan forgiveness. In all likelihood, it will not happen. For me, it is a moral issue:  People […]

All against One

By Mark Bauerlein Many years ago when I was an assistant professor, a man in another department knocked on my office door and proceeded to make a delicate request.  I didn’t know him very well, and I was only in my second or third year at Emory.  I was a nobody, in fact, with only […]

Why The Declining Public Confidence in Higher Education?

By Walter Wendler There is a shifting public perception regarding the value of universities both to society in general as a public good, and to individuals as a private good, according to a recent Gallup study. It is sad for me. I have been involved in university work of sundry kinds since 1975. Republicans, Democrats […]

New Gallup Poll Finds Unusually Large Drop in Public Confidence in Higher Ed

(From insidehighered.com): By Scott Jaschik Just under half (48 percent) of American adults have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in higher education, according to an analysis being released today by Gallup. That figure is down from 57 percent in 2015 and represents a larger than typical decline in confidence in an American institution in […]

Why Are Campus Leftists So Comfortable with Ad Hominem Attacks?

By George Leef Founded in 2008, the Center for the History of Political Economy (CHOPE) at Duke University aims to revitalize an aspect of the study of economics that is sadly in decline, namely the study of the history of economic thought. If you think it’s bad that English majors today can earn their degrees […]