See Thru Edu is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation

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

The Federal Government as a Predatory Lender

The evidence is pretty clear that our government meets all the qualifications as a predatory lender. This is just one more episode of a system of perverse market incentives instituted by government that will not end well.

The Case for Transparency In University Admissions Criteria

I have previously used this quote from Anthony Carnevale, “Higher education has become a powerful force for reinforcing advantage and passing it on through generations.” We need to take a hard look at this observation, and preferential admissions policies are a good place to start.

Finally Some Movement on Accreditation Reform

It appears that at long last there might be some movement in Washington on overdue reform of the higher education accreditation system – a wasteful and useless process that was erected in the early 1950s to validate minimum standards in college degrees.

More Good News for Western Civilization in Texas

Recently I attended what was called the Western Civilization Summit in Austin, jointly sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the host of SeeThruEdu, and the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University.

War on Academic Achievement?: The Plight of Asian-Americans

Asian-Americans have the lowest acceptance rate for each SAT test score bracket, having to score 140 points higher than a white student, 270 points higher than a Hispanic student, and 450 points higher than a black student to be on equal footing with these ethnic groups. If this isn’t a flagrant double standard, how would we define one?

Bridging STEM and the Liberal Arts

Scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress show that only 18% of the students are proficient in history, and less than a quarter are proficient in civics, and they remind us that “citizenship is a skill that must be taught over time with the same devotion we give to reading, math and the pursuit of scientific knowledge.”

Are Students Customers?

Everything we know about where the higher education mission is headed today tells me that the notion of the student as a customer is becoming dominant in this trade-off and a big part of me is pained by the fact that, for example, the humanities and liberal arts are the losers, and with them, the pursuit of learning for its sake.

Moore’s Law Attacks Higher Education

Let’s hope that the people in my generation don’t mess up the higher education revolution in the interest of too much “collegiality,” which can often result in government intervention and protectionism.

A Bad Report Card for American Millennials

As a country, we need to confront not only how we can compete in a global economy, but also what kind of future we can construct when a sizable segment of our future workforce is not equipped with the skills necessary for higher-level employment.

A Misguided Attempt at Higher-Ed Governance Reform

The UT System Board of Regents . . . has a fiduciary responsibility to oversee all aspects of the administration of the public institutions in their jurisdiction. Sound governance practices dictate that this responsibility should not include micromanagement, but no aspect of institutional oversight should be statutorily precluded.