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

Mitch Daniels: I Just Wanted To Keep Kids From Reading Howard Zinn

  Editor’s Note: This piece from The Huffington Post labels Howard Zinn a “liberal historian.”  In truth, Zinn is neither a liberal nor an historian.  He is an unapologetic radical whose “historical work” is only ideology masquerading as scholarship.  Genuinely liberal historians are quick to dismiss him (see Sam Wineburg’s “Where Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s […]

Subsidized loans drive college tuition, student debt to record levels

(From the Washington Examiner): Subsidized loans drive college tuition, student debt to record levels By Veronique De Rugy A proposal to restore the lower interest rate of 3.4 percent on student loans from its recently increased 6.8 percent for another year failed in the Senate on Wednesday. The common response to this vote is that […]

CHANGING GOVT. EDUCATION POLICY CAN END THE NURSING SHORTAGE

(From RealClearPolicy.com): How to End the Nursing Shortage By Thomas K. Lindsay With the graying of America has come a shortage of health-care professionals, especially nurses. One major contributor to this problem is a lack of capacity at nursing schools. From 2009 to 2011, 85 percent of Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs turned away […]

Academic Scandal at Winston-Salem State University

(From PopeCenter.org): Academic Scandal at Winston-Salem State Administrators at the university sacrifice academic integrity to make the school’s results look better. By Shira Hedgepeth I worked at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) for more than four years, rising to the post of director of academic technology in the school’s Information Technology Department. My first position at […]

“Free” College in Oregon Comes with 20-Year Price Tag

 (From WorldonCampus.com): “Free” College in Oregon Comes with 20-Year Price Tag By Elise Graff As the cost of education balloons and student loan interest rates rise, lawmakers and students are considering creative school financing options. The latest is an Oregon plan that would keep students at public colleges completely out of traditional loans. Once Oregon’s […]

Part 15 of “Forgive Us Our Student-Loan Debts?—Not a Chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the last segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Loan collections have increased by 18%. The methods the government uses to get borrowers to pay on their loans seem to be working, even if the debt collection agencies that carry […]

“STUDENT-DEBT-CRISIS DENIERS” GUILTY OF NORMALCY BIAS

In the debate over higher-education financing, most fall in one camp or the other. In the one are those who cite the upward trend in costs, the high delinquency rate, and the increasing difficulty of recent graduates to start their careers as evidence of a boom-and-bust cycle. In the other are those who deny the […]

REPORT: COLLEGE DEFAULT RATES HIGHER THAN GRADUATION RATES

(From USAToday.com): REPORT: COLLEGE DEFAULT RATES HIGHER THAN GRADUATION RATES By Mary Beth Marklein, Jodi Upton and Sandhya Kambhampati More than 260 colleges and universities in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have students who are more likely to default on their loans than full-time freshmen are to graduate, an analysis of […]

REPORT: CLOSE TO HALF OF GRADS SAY THEIR JOBS DON’T REQUIRE A COLLEGE DEGREE

(From a report by McKinsey & Company): Voice of the graduate Everyone knows education is the path to individual and national prosperity in an era of global competition. Yet US educational attainment, once the envy of the world, has been lagging in recent years—and concerns about the value and efficacy of higher education in particular […]

Student debt flunking many first-time home buyers

(From BostonHerald.com): Student debt flunking many first-time home buyers By Kenneth R. Harney WASHINGTON — They’re not yet an endangered species, but their steadily diminishing presence has some real estate analysts worried: First-time buyers are missing in action in housing markets across the country. Traditionally first-timers have accounted for around 40 percent of purchases in […]