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

Shine a Light

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” – Sir Winston Churchill “What is done in the dark will be brought to the light.” – Johnny Cash The truth is very often an uncomfortable, inconvenient thing, normally to be greeted with weeping and gnashing […]

I WENT TO COLLEGE AND ALL I GOT WAS . . .

SeeThruEdu.com contributor Jeremy Kee’s piece in today’s Real Clear Policy: *************************** April 11, 2013 I Went to College and All I Got Was… By Jeremy Kee With student loan debt coming in second only to mortgage debt in terms of total U.S. consumer debt, the costs of college are not to be taken lightly. The […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYPSE

How 1960s Radicals Ended up Teaching Your Kids (From The Daily Beast) by Michael Moynihan Apr 10, 2013 10:16 AM EDT Last week NYU Law announced that former Weather Underground member and convicted murderer Kathy Boudin would be a scholar-in-residence. She’s the latest in a series of former left-wing radicals with cozy university appointments. Michael […]

STUDY: CONFORMITY, IDEOLOGY DOMINATE ELITE BOWDOIN COLLEGE

“What Does Bowdoin Teach? How a Contemporary Liberal Arts College Shapes Students” (Study just released by the National Association of Scholars) Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine is a highly-regarded liberal arts college—one of the oldest in the country. Bowdoin is the alma mater of great writers (Hawthorne, Longfellow), war heroes (Joshua Chamberlain) and a U.S. […]

WOULD YOU LIKE FRIES WITH MY BACHELOR’S DEGREE?

College grads gag on higher-ed’s Happy Meal “McDonald’s demands a bachelor’s degree and two years’ experience – just to be a cashier” (From the UK Daily Mail): It used to be high school drop outs flipping burgers at McDonald’s, now the fast-food joint is demanding a bachelors degree. In a frightening example of how competitive […]

Easter Island and Graduation Rates

My mentor from college, a retired colonel and one of the most brilliant men I know, taught me about the main reasons why societies fail. One such reason was creating a problem and failing to recognize it as such. To illustrate the point, he told the story of the Easter Islanders who cut down tree […]

IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE GETS AN A

(Editor’s Note: This is the third installment by an anonymous student at the University of Texas at Austin.  SeeThruEdu has verified that he is in fact a current UT student.) I have found the perfect university, and it is right here in Texas! It’s a fantastical place where the Tower is always orange, the sun […]

THE ONE-CLICK WAY TO AN EASY A

(Editor’s Note: This is the second piece published on grade inflation by a UT student requesting, for obvious reasons, anonymity.  SeeThruEdu.com has confirmed that he is in fact a current UT student.) MyEdu is a website that advises students which college courses to take. It is not unique in this respect. Many popular websites offer […]

Part 10 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the tenth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Collection agencies have little incentive to change because many receive huge commissions. Government contracts and Education Department data showed that in 2011, collection agencies working for the government earned about $1 […]