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

YALE PROFESSOR: WHY LIBERAL EDUCATION MATTERS TO DEMOCRACY

(From the New Criterion): Ave atque vale by Donald Kagan Upon his retirement from Yale, Donald Kagan considers the future of liberal education in this farewell speech. Editors’ Note: Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University and recipient of the National Humanities Medal (2002), retired in May. In forty-four years at […]

END COMING TO HIGHER-ED ACCREDITATION MONOPOLY

(From McKinsey & Co.’s Insights &Publications): College for all Open online courses are changing higher education. Traditional colleges face dangers—and opportunities. May 2013 | byAndré Dua Something big is up in higher education thanks to the advent of “massive open online courses” (MOOCs), which can reach millions around the world. What most people—including university leaders—don’t […]

COLLEGE CENSORSHIP MANDATED BY DEPT. OF ED

(From the College Fix): FREE SPEECH ADVOCATES ALARMED BY NEW FEDERAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT RULES By Blake Baxter New guidelines from the Department of Education lower the standards of what constitutes sexual harassment to any “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.” Free speech activists say this definition is too broad and could endanger First Amendment rights. […]

HARVARD PROFESSOR: “THE HIGHER EDUCATION SCANDAL”

(From Real Clear Policy): The Higher Education Scandal by Harvey C. Mansfield Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, is an institution of good reputation and high quality, where I have some friends. It offers a liberal arts education typical of the best available in America today. It troubles me that Bowdoin, rather than, say, Harvard—a bigger […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYPSE

(From the Chronicle of Higher Education)         Editor’s Note: The cited study in this story (below)–contrary to the Chronicle‘s deceptive headline–fails to rebut the alarming results in student-learning outcomes documented in Academically Adrift.         Why? Because, as Adrift lead author Richard Arum clarifies in the article, “Comparing the scores of a sample of freshmen with a […]

NEW MEASURE FOR COLLEGES’ ROI

(From Forbes.com): Measuring a College’s Worth: The Grateful Grads Index By Matt Schifrin This is the time of year when high school seniors and their parents make their final decisions about which college they will attend over the next four years. It can be a gut-wrenching ordeal especially given that it now costs nearly $250,000 […]

“THE ACADEMIC WORLD IS A CULT”

(From The College Fix): Opinion: The Academic World Is a Cult After pursuing a career in academia for nearly a decade, a young post-doc has decided to leave behind her dream of becoming a professor. Rebecca Schuman has published a kind of  “farewell letter” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, in which she details the […]

HIGHER ED DISRUPTED: GEORGIA TECH’S $7K MASTER’S DEGREE

(From Forbes.com): Georgia Institute Of Technology And Udacity To Offer $7,000 Online Masters Degree By Troy Onink Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a partnership with Udacity to offer an online Masters Degree in Computer Science for $7,000, down 80% from the existing cost of $40,000 for the on-campus, instructor led program. Suddenly, masters programs […]

OBAMA STUDENT LOAN POLICY REAPING $51B PROFIT

At least somebody’s getting something out of college   (From the Huffington Post): Obama Student Loan Policy Reaping $51B Profit by Shahien Nasiripour The Obama administration is forecast to turn a record $51 billion profit this year from student loan borrowers, a sum greater than the earnings of the nation’s most profitable companies and roughly […]

“IS COLLEGE WORTH IT?”

(From the Washington Times): IS COLLEGE WORTH IT?: A FORMER UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION AND A LIBERAL ARTS GRADUATE EXPOSE THE BROKEN PROMISE OF HIGHER EDUCATIONBy William J. Bennett with David WilezolThomas Nelson, $22.99, 240 pages William J. Bennett and David Wilezol’s “Is College Worth It?” asks and authoritatively answers one of life’s biggest […]