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

AN ADDITIONAL MANDATE FOR HIGHER ED

In his State of the University Address in September 2005, departing UT-Austin President Larry Faulkner had this advice for his successor: “Your greatest challenge will be to work out a new, stable financial model for the long-term sustenance of the university. For decades, we have been drifting away from a model built on public higher […]

THE HIGHER ED MANDATE: BETTER AND FASTER

This mandate is the same for all of U. S. higher education, but it is particularly applicable to Texas, where, as we look to the opening of the legislative session in January, the pressure is on all state-funded colleges and universities to cut costs, improve productivity, and enhance student outcomes, all in a difficult state […]

THE STUDENT/ATHLETE MYTH

I have been intrigued by recent posts from Bill Murchison, Jay Schalin, and Neal McCluskey on the corrupting influences of college athletics.  Since I have written extensively over the years on this subject in my publication, I am prompted to offer some commentary on it. In recent years I have shared a love/hate relationship with […]

EVERY CHILD DESERVES THE BEST EDUCATION WE HAVE TO OFFER

Those of us who are involved with PreK-12 education reform have been dealing with a major firestorm of pushback to the Texas public school accountability system and its high stakes standardized assessments that were adopted in 2009.  Much of the pushback originates in a preference for an expanded vocational pathway for students in lieu of […]

THE SAD STATE OF THE EDUCATION “PIPELINE”

In the fall edition of Education Next, Paul Peterson and his coauthors Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woesmann attempt to answer the question, “Is the U. S. Catching Up?”, the title to their article suggested by the recent pronouncement in a new book by Yu Xie of the University of Michigan that “American high school students […]

THE LOOMING OVERHAUL IN HIGHER EDUCATION DELIVERY

It is no secret that the advance of technology in delivery is transforming higher education in America.  Approximately one-third of current higher education students are enrolled in at least one online course and the number is growing at a significant rate.  There is no doubt that this trend will expand into radical reform and restructure, […]

CULTURAL ILLITERACY

The great teachers love what they’re teaching, and you can’t love something you don’t know any more than you can love someone you don’t know.–David McCullough David McCullough is of course a great American story teller, and his recent books on American history and biography–1776, John Adams, Truman–were instant classics.  And I look forward to […]

The College of Education Disconnect

On two occasions, I have had the opportunity to speak to the annual conference of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE), approximately 300 deans, associate deans, and curriculum directors—a tough and often hostile crowd for a reformer. My message to them for educator preparation policy was the same as I advocated […]

Harvard Refocuses the MBA

Last year, the Harvard Business School announced that it is making major changes to its curriculum and that these changes, according to its marketing release, are aimed to “create leaders of competence and character, rather than just connections and credentials”.  Evidently there is a certain concern and maybe a little guilt that 58% of its […]