It's not clear students learn more for their extra tuition, but colleges' facilities sure have gotten fancier. They compete by offering things like luxurious swimming pools and gourmet dining. That probably won't help you get a job.

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

What everyone’s afraid to say about college and jobs

  (From www.foxnews.com): Interview of John Stossel: Today, all Americans are told, “Go to college!” President Obama said, “College graduation has never been more valuable.” But economist Bryan Caplan says that most people shouldn’t go.  CONTINUE READING HERE

Disruptive Innovation Proceeds Apace in Higher Ed: TEL Library Content Now Available to Learners Anytime, Anywhere

(Note from Tom Lindsay: SeeThruEdu has long argued for the need for innovation in higher education. Accordingly, we inform our readers when promising innovations surface. Enjoy): (TEL Library Press Advisory): Online Library Offers Free Lessons, Affordable Textbooks and Courses on a Wide Range of Subjects Oklahoma City, Okla. – May 8, 2018. TEL Library, a non-profit whose […]

New Report: The U.S. Student-Loan Debt Crisis Is Even Worse Than We Thought

  (From Forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay Last year, in these pages, I reported that, on January 13, 2017 (just one week before the Obama administration exited DC), the Obama Department of Education released a memorandum confessing that it had “overstated student loan repayment rates at most colleges and trade schools.” The “updated numbers” provided by the […]

The Punishment Problem

By Mark Bauerlein Why don’t administrators punish students when they disrupt lectures and classes? That question underlies what happened this month in Georgia.  Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a campus free speech bill that sets rules for all the public colleges and universities in the state.  Stanley Kurtz’s account of the action is here. […]

Yes, Markets Work In Higher Education

(By John Carroll) University of Wisconsin Stevens Point succumbed to market pressures and is abandoning the notion that they can survive as a traditional liberal arts college. They are eliminating majors, and probably faculty too. Students simply aren’t buying what they’re selling. Rather than mourning the loss, we should celebrate the transformation.  Markets work, even […]

What Harm Hath Koch Wrought?

(By George Leef) If you ever doubted that the “progressive” demands for more diversity on campus exclude intellectual diversity, the recent events regarding George Mason University (GMU) should settle the question. GMU is notable for having both an economics department and a law school where right-of-center scholars are numerous. They are also highly regarded for […]

Six Ideas to De-Politicize the American Campus

  (From jamesgmartin.center): State legislatures are enacting laws that guarantee free speech and freedom of association, a wide variety of organizations have emerged to combat politicization, and campus goings-on are coming under greater public scrutiny. . . . [I]t certainly can’t hurt to keep the pressure on to restore open dialogue and the pursuit of truth. […]

Universities Now Requiring Applicants to Submit ‘Contribution to Diversity’ Statements

  (From intellectualtakeout.org): By Mark Perry Here are more details from a UC San Diego document titled “Guidelines for Applicants Writing Statement“: The Contributions to Diversity Statement should describe your past efforts, as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. It should also demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing women and underrepresented […]