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

Another Attack on Standardized Tests

Many reporters are easy marks for people who have big ideas for utopian improvements in higher education. A good example is the recent story “What’s Holding American Students Back? The SAT” by Peter Coy of Bloomberg/BusinessWeek. The SAT (along with the ACT) is a pretty good benchmark for cognitive ability and this is why most […]

The Diversity Mania Extends to Ignoring the Supreme Court

For several decades, most of America’s colleges and universities have been in the grip of the Diversity Mania. What I mean by that is an obsession among administrators that their institutions absolutely must have sufficient “representation” of students from minority groups. Not just any minority group, however. Black, Latino, and Native American ancestry gets you […]

The Problem with College Rankings

There are a number of college rankings. Of course, the best known by far is the U.S. News & World Report ranking, which for many people is the college ranking. (This year, Princeton edged out Harvard for bragging rights.) Forbes publishes another ranking, using an approach designed by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. […]

Offend Your Students and Get a Taxpayer-Funded Vacation

  In a revealing incident at the beginning of Michigan State’s new academic year, writing professor William Penn went off on a rant aimed at Republicans. Fortunately, a student captured it on video, which is included in this story on Inside Higher Ed. Among Professor Penn’s comments were such ideas as these: “If you go […]


  After an uninterrupted string of policy proposals that reduce individual freedom and expand the scope of government control, at long last President Obama has put forth an idea that moves in the opposite direction. He suggests that law schools only keep students captive in classes for two years, allowing them to use the third […]


  In this heart-rending L.A. Times piece, we see the results of educational malpractice from early school on to freshman year at the University of California – Berkeley has damaged a young black student, Kashawn Campbell. Kashawn was one of the very few male students who showed any interest in his studies and for that […]

Education Degrees and the Test of the Market

  In a session that left many liberals furious, the North Carolina General Assembly repealed a law that granted teachers an automatic ten percent pay increase if they completed a master’s degree. That move has led to a lot of hand-wringing. In a piece about this in Inside Higher Ed, writer Kevin Kiley noted that […]

Is Income-Contingent Lending a Good Idea?

  The idea that the best way to finance higher education is through student payments after they graduate that are based upon their income has been much in the news recently. Oregon has made a splash with legislation calling for a pilot program under which students would pay no tuition or fees while in school, […]

The myth that more education makes you better educated

Among the several “the sky is falling!” arguments we hear about higher education is that the current generation is “in danger” of being the first generation of Americans that will be “less educated” than the generation before it. In that formulation, “less educated” means having fewer years of formal education. With a somewhat smaller number […]


    (From Playing Ping Pong with Fisher The Supreme Court remands the “affirmative action” case with orders for “strict scrutiny.” Fisher v. Texas was one of the first cases heard in the Supreme Court’s term this season and one of the last to be decided. Whatever the reason for the long delay, the […]