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

Taming Behemoth State University, Part I

In his 1986 introduction to Irving Babbitt’s classic, Literature and the American College, Russell Kirk identifies the four “ills” that beset modern American higher education. All four are more relevant today than ever. Ill #3 is ‘gigantism,’ the formation of what Kirk called “Behemoth State University”. Kirk had first-hand experience of this phenomenon, having spent […]

Another view of that fight over Bill Powers and UT regents

(From the Dallas Morning News): By Mike Hashimoto A few months ago, the kind of fight that usually simmers out of public view burst into the open during Texas’ legislative session in Austin. Here’s how your local editorial board framed it in a March 27 editorial: The incessant firefight over the University of Texas at Austin’s leadership […]

Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal

(From Rolling Stone Magazine): Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal The federal government has made it easier than ever to borrow money for higher education – saddling a generation with crushing debts and inflating a bubble that could bring down the economy by Matt Taibbi On May 31st, president Barack Obama strolled into the bright sunlight […]

God and Man at Yale: A Prophecy

Shortly after graduating from Yale University, William F. Buckley penned God and Man at Yale, which has since become a classic critique of the Ivy League and its poignant disregard for several areas of study and philosophies that helped lay the foundation for Yale’s renowned reputation. In God and Man, Buckley points out that Yale: 1.) had […]

The University of Texas Wages Wasteful War against Human Dignity

  (“Audax” is the pen name of a Texas-based professor): The Supreme Court sent the Fisher v. University of Texas admissions case back to the circuit court, ruling that the lower courts failed to apply the appropriate level of ‘strict scrutiny’ to U.T.’s blatant use of racial preferences in undergraduate admissions. UT cannot now win […]


(From the Wall Street Journal): It’s Possible to Graduate Debt-Free. Here’s How by Rebekah Bell In 2009, when I was applying to my dream college, my parents had one stipulation: graduate without debt. I burst out laughing. There was no feasible way that a middle-class 19-year-old with average grades could attend a college with a […]

Student Debt in the U.S. (Part 1)

(From Student Debt in the U.S. (Part 1) This is our first article in a three-part series about the nation’s ever-rising student debt levels. The second and third entries will look at student debt from a historical perspective and explore some of the potential consequences of the debt crisis, respectively. As college costs spiral […]

The Old King is Dead

We live under a tyranny, at the head of which sits a king. This tyrant enjoys absolute, unquestioned rule. His is less a reign of political, economic, or spiritual tyranny; it is, rather, a tyranny of stigma and, like any tyranny, has taken so firm a hold over the system that to abolish it seems […]


(From WHAT DO 2,358 COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS DO? By Richard Vedder For at least a half-century, the University of California has been considered the premier system in U.S. public higher education. The Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses always rank among the top 10 state schools, with several other UC campuses close behind. While the nomination […]


(From the New York Post): “PREDATOR” STUDENT LOANS College debt is ruining lives By NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY ‘Help Jenna join the Convent!” A number of friends posted the link from fund-raising site to Facebook, so I clicked. Jenna Andrews, it turns out, is a 30-year-old Catholic convert who’s trying to join the Dominican Sisters […]