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

Work-based learning opens doors for students

By Erin Davis Valdez Reposted from The Hill Remember shop class? If you’re under 40, you might not. Ask your parents or grandparents about it, and you’re likely to hear nostalgic tales of band saws, welding goggles, and wobbly birdhouses. But vocational education back in the day earned another, less rosy reputation. High school teachers […]

Texas Tech’s Medical School Agrees to Give Up Racial Preferences

By George Leef Elections certainly have consequences. Whereas the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) under the Obama administration pushed a sexual assault agenda that forced colleges into using patently unfair techniques for assessing guilt, under Trump, the OCR has stopped that and is actively pursuing something very different. The Trump OCR is enforcing […]

Texas Legislature Educates Universities on the First Amendment

By William Murchison You and me both: Why would the Texas Senate need to pass –as happened the other day, amid rare unanimity — legislation requiring uniform free speech policies on college campuses along with procedures for protecting free speech duly exercised thereon? We all, sadly, know the answer.  It is that college these days […]

A More Important March Madness: Advancing Low-Income Kids

By Ron Trowbridge There’s a new March Madness in town:  not the one advancing basketball teams, but the one advancing low-income kids from poor homes up the ladder of financial success to the upper rungs. Research scholar Jorge Klor de Alva, president of Nexus Research and Policy Center, has designed “an Income Mobility Tournament bracket […]

Elite Colleges Are Not Essential for Success

By George Leef For several weeks, the nation has been talking about the brazen college admissions scandal where wealthy people in the entertainment world and business bribed and cheated to make sure that their children were admitted into prestigious colleges. The kids couldn’t make it on their own academic abilities, so Mom and Dad resorted […]

Trump’s Executive Order is a big step forward on college data

By Andrew Gillen Last week was an eventful one for higher education. On March 18, President Trump released his proposal for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Three days later, the president issued an executive order focused primarily on campus free speech. The order also contains some exciting news about expanded reporting on how much […]

College costs, student debt, job prospects: All 3 will be improved with Trump’s executive order

(From Washington Examiner) By Thomas K. Lindsay In his book The Way to Wealth (perhaps America’s very first book of financial advice), Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Franklin might amend that today, in light of the skyrocketing cost of a university education, the crushing burden of student debt, and the mismatch […]

Statist Conservatives?

By Mark Bauerlein President Trump’s proposal to reconsider Federal funding of colleges and universities that fail to observe free speech principles has opened another front in the general redefinition of conservatism currently happening in intellectual circles. (See here, here, here, and here for specimens of the debate).  At first sight, the action doesn’t jibe with […]

Reflections on the College Admissions Scam

By William Murchison Lessons abound amid the stink and squalor of the college admissions scandal: the bribes-to-admit racket uncovered by the Justice Department.  Hordes of the rich and famous in finance, Silicon Valley, and the entertainment industry saw nothing wrong and everything right about greasing palms to get their kids into prestigious colleges — never […]

College President’s Open Letter to High School Class of 2019

By Walter Wendler This has been published a number of times at spring break over the past decade. It is updated here and refreshed in its importance for the honesty and transparency required to make a good university great for a region. The third Maxim of WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World, “Build Undergraduate […]