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

How to Counter the Tax-Hikers in the Higher Ed Debate

The Obama administration’s loan forgiveness policy does very little good for students who get their AA or BA degrees at typical colleges, but it does tremendous good for those who get advanced degrees at pricey universities and then go into “public service” work.

Is a “bias incident reporting” system any better than a speech code?

Colorado’s Bias Incident Reporting system will become a wet blanket thrown over free speech on campus. Eventually, it will probably be challenged on First Amendment grounds, but even if it falls, look for the people on campus who really believe that speech should be controlled rather than free to come up with something else.

Sociology Prof: “Don’t Study Economics – It Makes You a Bad Person!”

Because economics discourages the drawing of conclusions based on emotion and emphasizes the need to fully consider the results of action — the opportunity costs and the unintended consequences — it makes the student less inclined to fall head over heels for leftist panaceas such as the minimum wage, “free” medical care, and so forth.

Death Spiral or Not, Law Schools Won’t Change

“Law schools are run by the faculty for the faculty,” she says. Quite so. And legal scholarship – all those law review articles that professors slave over, leaving them little time for students? She writes, “The value of legal scholarship, which is rarely read, has its skeptics, among them Chief Justice John Roberts.”

Using Humor to Enlighten Americans about the Higher-Ed Bubble

It is starting to dawn on people that the cost of college is far out of line with any educational or financial benefits. That has the higher education establishment very worried. Even with the political efforts intended to keep the bubble inflated, more and more people are thinking about alternatives to the typical college degree.

Ideologues Throw a Tantrum over UNC Poverty Center

If my hypothetical center or anything like it ever existed, leftists would insist that it be closed. I would too. Universities should be places for academic work, not the propagation of political ideologies.

Why College Textbooks Cost So Much

“During the past 30 years, there has been an explosion of student-loan debt. Students rarely pay for books out of pocket and instead roll it into their financial aid-package. So a $250 textbook is now being paid back over decades.”