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

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 […]

Devaluation? Bubble? Surely You Jest!

A recent post in the New York Times points to the downward trend of the profitability of newly-minted M.B.A.s in today’s job market. The reasoning for this is easy enough to understand: with the economic downturn of 2008-09, more and more recent college grads sought refuge in the halls of academia, as recent grads are […]

The Texas Model of Higher Ed Reform Spreading to California?

As Texas goes, so goes the country. (From the Chronicle of Higher Education): $10,000 Bachelor’s Degree Is Proposed in California Legislation By Eric Kelderman A California state legislator is the latest elected official to push for public colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees at bargain-basement prices. . . . The legislation in California follows similar suggestions […]

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 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 […]


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 […]