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

Part 11 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the eleventh segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to for putting this together.) Student loan collection contracts are gold mines for collection agencies. Debt collection agencies have pounced on the opportunity to work with the government. Some have doubled in size and are thriving, […]

Part 12 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note: Today we are running the twelfth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to for putting this together.) The average defaulted loan is worth about $17,000. That’s not a huge amount, but it can be hefty for those who don’t have jobs and nearly insurmountable for those with health […]


Have you ever read any history of World War One? It truly was a needless conflict. The human collateral damage was both stratospheric and unnecessary, not to mention the lingering effects and unintended consequences (Treaty of Versailles?). Upon reading said history, one thing becomes painfully clear – there was no strategy involved. There was no […]

School for Scandal: How Universities Help Their Students Shop for Easy Classes

(Editor’s Note: This piece was submitted by a UT student requesting, for obvious reasons, anonymity. has confirmed that he is in fact a current UT student.) Some readers of the Austin-American Statesman were shocked to read that “approximately 43 percent of all college grades today are A’s, an increase of 28 percentage points since […]

Quality Before Quantity

It may seem counter-intuitive to suggest that too many students are going to college. It may seem elitist, discriminatory, foolish, or just ignorant. The truth, however, is that easy money and easy grades have made it far too, well, easy to get into college. It is important to understand that every decision has a cost. […]

Farmer Ethics and Paying for College

I did not watch the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, though I was soon thereafter made aware of the Dodge commercial featuring the late Paul Harvey and the long-lost American spirit. (Side note to ad-men: TRUTH SELLS.) It served as a personal reminder of how blessed I am to come from such a deep […]

At What Cost?

The woeful irony of our crippling student debt is that through education we seek liberation from the shackles of ignorance, yet through paying for said liberation we become slaves once more. We trade pain for pain, and we do so willingly. We labor under the idea that all roads to success pass through the gates […]


Your tax dollars at work “University of Minnesota event to help female students achieve orgasm” (This story comes to us from the good folks at Public University Plans Event to Help Female Students Achieve Orgasm, by Oliver Darcy, January 28, 2013 The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (UMTC) is set to hold an […]


Question: If those who can’t do, teach, and if those who can’t teach, administer, then what do those who can’t administer do? Answer: They get raises and a bigger staff. (The article below comes courtesy of the good folks at Wasteful and Inept Administrators Are Ruining Our Colleges By Benjamin Ginsberg Since the early […]


Bill Ayers to Keynote Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting From Domestic terrorist Bill Ayers is set to be a keynote speaker at the annual meeting for the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) next month in Atlanta, GA. ATE’s website for the meeting describes Ayers’ work on the topic of education. It fails to […]