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

Part 9 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the ninth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Debt collectors are rewarded for collecting as much of the money owed as possible regardless of the hardship that causes debtors. Debt collectors aren’t likely to explain ways for borrowers to […]

THE (LESS) NARROW WAY, PT. II

As was discussed in a previous piece, one can study just about anything at the university level, regardless of its utility thereafter. For those who are unaware, the university was once a place where students would go to sharpen their intellectually-bent minds, and to hone their craft before unleashing their gifts on the world after […]

Professor calls for assassination of NRA CEO

The taxpayer-funded University of Rhode Island’s latest offering of civility and reasoned discourse: Professor calls for assassination of NRA CEO From Campus Reform By Oliver Darcy, on Dec 17, 2012 A professor of history turned to Twitter over the weekend to call for the death of National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre, branding the […]

From The College Fix: “Obama’s New College Bailout Will Fuel Skyrocketing Tuition”

Obama’s New College Bailout Will Fuel Skyrocketing Tuition by Nathan Harden – Fix Editor on December 12, 2012 So argues Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute: We wrote earlier about perverse federal financial aid policies that encourage colleges to jack up tuition. Recently, the Obama administration came up with something even worse. It announced a new financial aid […]

THE (LESS) NARROW WAY, PT.I

According to the Census Bureau, as of 2010 there were 20.3 million students enrolled in higher education, or 5.7% of the total population. It seems that year-over-year, decade-over-decade, the number of college and university enrollment is ever on the rise. The reason for this is that these poor students have bought into the dubious claim […]

HIGHER ED ESTABLISHMENT VERSUS THE NEW YORK TIMES

Who Will Hold Colleges Accountable? By KEVIN CAREY Published: December 9, 2012 LAST month The Chronicle of Higher Education published a damning investigation of college athletes across the nation who were maintaining their eligibility by taking cheap, easy online courses from an obscure junior college. In just 10 days, academically deficient players could earn three […]

Deaned to Death

The Troubling Dean-to-Professor Ratio By John Hechinger on November 21, 2012 J. Paul Robinson, chairman of the Purdue University faculty senate, walks the halls of a 10-story tower, pointing out a row of offices for administrators. “I have no idea what these people do,” says the biomedical engineering professor. Purdue has a $313,000-a-year acting provost […]

BILL GATES ENDORSES CLA TO TEST WHETHER STUDENTS LEARN ANYTHING IN COLLEGE

(Press Release courtesy of the good folks at the Council for Aid to Education) ************************************ Contact: Chris Jackson Director of Business Development, 212.217.0845 [email protected]    BILL GATES CITES THE IMPORTANCE OF CRITICAL THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING, COMPLEX REASONING, AND WRITING SKILLS   The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) is singled out by the Microsoft founder, and joins […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYSE

  This article, courtesy of the British Independent: “How sex work has replaced a bar job for students who struggle to pay bills, loans, and university fees”                        Kind of gives new meaning to “SeeThruEdu”      

SILLY HEADLINE OF THE WEEK

    Headline of recent article, courtesy of the Washington Independent: “Critics of Perry-led higher ed reform in Texas warn Florida of ramifications” As in, “Warning fellow Floridians: You are in danger of lower tuitions degrees that actually lead to jobs, and less student-loan debt.  Protect yourselves!”