It’s grossly dishonest for the education establishment and politicians to boast about unprecedented graduation rates when the high school diplomas, for the most part, do not represent academic achievement. At best, they certify attendance.

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

How Colleges Are Ripping Off a Generation of Ill-Prepared Students

(From dailysignal.com): By Walter E. Williams Earlier this month, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka the nation’s “report card,” was released. It’s not a pretty story. Only 37 percent of 12th-graders tested proficient or better in reading, and only 25 percent did so in math. Among black students, only 17 percent tested proficient or […]

Faculty Accountability Is Terrible—Even Students Have Better Standards

(From jamesgmartin.center): By Lou Buttino I became interested in academic accountability within the university because I had no choice: the lack of accountability I experienced at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington obligated me to act. I had become embroiled in a situation where I was morally bound to report wrongdoing. But I had no […]

What Happens When an MBA Student Raised in Communist China Reads Hayek

(From intellectualtakeout.org: By Barry Brownstein Imagine being born during the bloody Cultural Revolution in China and growing up in a country with little economic or personal freedom. Few Chinese citizens had the knowledge that human rights are not granted by government, and those few who knew could not say. Few knew that government is not the […]

New National Test Scores Show Betsy DeVos Was Right About Public Schools

(From intellectualtakeout.org): By Mary Clare Anselem Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ recent interview with Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” caused quite a bit of backlash from critics. As my colleague Jonathan Butcher has written, “60 Minutes” ignored many of the facts about the state of education in America. Response to the interview drew quite a bit of […]

Learning To Love Big Brother: New Study Of College-Student Attitudes Sounds Alarm

(From Forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay The Gallup-Knight Foundation recently completed its latest survey of college students nationwide. The results are less than encouraging. On the one hand, the majority of students surveyed continue to believe that protecting free speech rights (56 percent) is extremely important, while 52 percent answer that promoting a diverse and inclusive society is […]

An Unexpected Threat to For-Profit Universities

For-profit colleges and universities have been under siege for nearly a decade. The latest existential threat is not from regulators but from traditional colleges and universities who are embracing online education.

This Texas Law Hinders Free Speech

We trustees, though, had been warned that when even at a social function we should not discuss college business ever. That restriction — censorship — is utter nonsense. It says, “Remain ignorant.”

Reframing Notions of Faculty Quality

One of the ways flagship state universities signal quality is by noting their number of full-time faculty. The flagship faculty model, if you will, may be effective for elite institutions but could drive up faculty costs unnecessarily at non-flagship schools.