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

How ‘Gentle’ Repayment Terms for Student Loans Hurt Everybody

It’s just inevitable – any time the government decides to be generous with taxpayer money, interest groups will start scheming for ways to maximize their take, and politicians will start scheming to get the most political advantage they can from it.

Free Speech Recedes So Everyone Can Feel “Safe and Respected”

Top college administrators have a difficult job. They have to pay lip service to ideals they are supposed to care about, while they do the opposite, acting in ways that conflict with those ideals. One example is academic standards. College presidents always say that they’re devoted to academic excellence, when in fact they often sacrifice […]

Should We Fear Academic Blacklisting?

One of the hottest academic controversies of the year involves the decision by the University of Illinois to “unhire” Professor Steven Salaita.

‘Place’ is no better than ‘race’ for college admission preferences

Intellectuals who believe that they can make society better through social engineering schemes never stop proposing new ideas. For decades, one of their main projects was college admission preferences for students who have certain racial or ethnic backgrounds – groups said to be “underrepresented.” That was supposed to lead to greater social harmony because having […]

How to End the Student-Loan-Debt Crisis

Ever since the obstreperous Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011, Americans have been getting an earful about the alleged crisis of student loan debt. Sensing a chance to appear both compassionate and pro-education, many lawmakers want to do something to ease the plight of indebted students. Senator Elizabeth Warren is pushing her populist plan of […]

Latest “Cure” for Student Debt Will Be Toxic For Students

Student debt loads are a hot topic this year. Many politicians say that reducing student debts is an economic imperative. In this New York Times piece, however, economics reporter Dave Leonhardt argues that the real problem is not that student debts are unmanageable (although some students really are caught in a quicksand pit), but rather […]

Race-Based College Admissions is Dying –What’s Next?

A piece in the June 17th New York Times catches the eye: Could it really be true that affirmative action is doomed? And if it is, what’s next? Quite a few supporters of affirmative action in college admissions have been grumbling that the policy they have for so long advocated – racial preferences to bring […]

The End of Race-Based Admissions?

The End of Race-Based Admissions? By George Leef Within the last few months, there have been several hopeful signs that America might finally be getting over its obsession with race – putting people into racial categories and then deciding which groups deserve to be “more equal than others,” as Orwell put it. Last year, in […]