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

How PIRG Scams Student Fees for Political Action

In a fair world, PIRGs would have to seek donations from students and others who want to contribute to it. We don’t, however, have a fair world, and these activist groups have taken full advantage to make off with a lot of money from students who were never asked.

Grades Just Keep on Inflating; Why Does It Matter?

Dishonest grading from professors is as bad as dishonest health reports from doctors who just want their patients to feel happy would be. The truth may be unpleasant, but it’s better to know it than to live in blissful ignorance.

Another Diversion from Focusing on Excellence in Higher Ed

The millions of Americans who are coming to believe that higher education is too costly for the questionable educational benefits students get aren’t going to change their minds just because some students and faculty members put in more hours helping in cities.

What If Federal Regulations for Colleges Are Themselves Illegal?

We’ve created a serious problem by allowing federal bureaucrats to dictate education policies nationwide, K-12 through college. Many rules that appeal to ideologically zealous regulators would never be adopted by school and college officials.

Discrimination Then and Discrimination Now

MIT’s dean of admissions said of a Korean applicant, “It’s possible he looked like a thousand other Korean kids…that he wasn’t interesting enough to surface to the top and was yet another textureless math grind.” I guess stereotyping is bad unless you do it to someone in a group you can safely ignore.

Elite College Administrators Dabble in Social Engineering

Excellent students who devote their spare time to, oh, mastering the cello or playing competitive chess or trying to start a business had better change their priorities if they want a shot at any of the elite universities.