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

Why Universities Need Strong Boards: The Case of Wallace Hall

Harry Lewis, former dean at Harvard, writes that often “governing boards do not know what is going on,” that they are “notoriously inattentive” and “carefully managed and quite docile.” He argues that trustees “must not return to functioning as the University’s honorees and cheerleaders rather than governors.”

At last, a fair and good school-choice bill

Senate Bill 4, voted out of committee last week, would enable some low-income students to escape from failing schools. Such an exodus would send a healthy message to those failing schools, its administrators, and legislators. It would serve as a positive example.

Campus Speech Codes And The Closing of the Academic Mind

Do colleges with free-speech zones and speech codes wish to imply in principle that Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, Martin Luther, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and a heckler should be denied permission to speak on campus because their language might be abusive?

Aid to College Students: Where to Draw the Line on ‘Coerced Charity’?

“Among not-for-profit institutions, the amount of taxpayer subsidies hovers between $1,000 and $2,000 per student per year until we turn to the most selective institutions. . . . Among these already well-endowed institutions, the taxpayer subsidy jumps substantially to more than $13,000 per student per year.”

Projections on the case against UT whistle-blower, Wallace Hall

The case against University of Texas System regent (trustee), Wallace Hall, will likely go nowhere, or if it does, it could languish in the courts for two or three years, at enormous expense. Let us follow the legal process, beginning with the UT System’s release, “UT Austin Admissions Inquiry,” wherein appeared these statements: “There is […]

Community Colleges Offer Lower Cost, Not Lower Quality

(Special to the Austin American-Statesman): Why go to a community college? By Ron Trowbridge Emily Dickinson once said, “Success is counted sweetest/By those who ne’er succeed.” If you don’t have something, you long for it more than those who have it. The wonderful thing about community colleges is that you can get the it. Community […]

Why More Tax Dollars to the Richest Universities?

Let me tell you the real reason I’m writing this story.  I grew up in real poverty and was the first one in my huge, extended family to attend college.  I went to the University of Michigan for 10 years, during which time I received from home a total of $400.  But back in those […]