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


(From 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 […]


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 […]


(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 […]

A Den of Thieves: Black College Administrators and Regents

The popular title and book by James B. Stewart, entitled Den of Thieves, recounts the insider trading scandals involving Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken and other Wall Street financiers during the 1980s.  The book is a fascinating tale of the arrogance and complacency that beset Wall Street in the 1980s.   Why choose this title to characterize […]


(From the Hechinger Report): Conventional college route shifts to “education buffet” By Jon Marcus Danine Adams has taken a few courses at a four-year university, some at a community college, and still more online while working all over the country as an investigator for the federal Bureau of Prisons—career experience that she has also been […]

Tech Co. Pres.: “Sorry College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You”

(From the Wall Street Journal): Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You If you’re at all interested in media, technology or related fields, please learn a little computer programming.  By KIRK MCDONALD Dear college graduates: The next month is going to be thrilling as you cross this major milestone in your education. Enjoy the […]

ACTA supports Texas’ American History Bill

(Editor’s Note: Texas House bill 1938, The American History bill, was approved by the House Higher Education Committee last Friday. The bill was authored by Representative Giovanni Capriglione.  The legislation is based on model legislation crafted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Higher Education.)   Statement of Anne D. Neal, President, American Council […]

HBCUs Need Transformative Leaders

I often read HBCU presidents’ complaints regarding the students that matriculate to their respective colleges and universities.  Many of the complaints leveled by them point to the various shortcoming of the students.  For example, they assert that students are grossly unprepared, lack the discipline and focus to complete college, and that it is difficult to […]

Weep for the Future

A recent report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers suggests that the graduating class of 2013 faces a bleak employment picture. According to the report, businesses only plan to hire 2.1 percent more college grads than they did from the class of 2012, down from an earlier expectation of a 13 percent increase. […]

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 […]