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

A Short History of Higher Education

For a long time, professors taught.  Then someone decided it was not teaching that mattered much, but publication–which mattered less:  what they wrote often had no relation to the classroom, and what they wrote nearly nobody read.  Then it came to pass that they didn’t even write much:  said Derek Bok, president at Harvard for […]

COLLEGE TRUSTEE: “TEXAS IS BIPOLAR ON GRADUATION RATES”

The Texas Legislature is contradictory in its demands on community colleges.  On the one hand, Texas law mandates that community colleges must have open admissions and admit all students who apply.  On the other hand, that same legislature is requiring that community colleges show documented increases in graduation rates.  Two-year public schools enroll far more […]

THE SHOW TRIAL OF UT TRUSTEE WALLACE HALL WILL NOT BE TELEVISED

Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) began the saga by wanting UT Regent Wallace Hall, Jr., impeached for making “numerous unreasonably burdensome, wasteful, and intrusive requests for information” from the UT administration—never mind that such is a regent’s legal authority and fiduciary responsibility. What’s more, both the Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act permit the public, […]

MEET THE NEW RACISM

I am not just epidermal tissue Recently the Board of Trustees at Lone Star College voted 6 to 2 to approve a single-member district election system.  Kyle Scott and I voted no.  I did so for two reasons:  one, the lawsuit personally attacked me with offensive and fallacious comments and presumptions.  Two, the arguments in […]

Community colleges often a better option than universities

The future of community colleges is glorious. Four-year residential colleges are increasingly pricing themselves out of the market, and community colleges are filling the vacuum.  Current student debt is now approaching a staggering $1.2 trillion, and 38 million Americans have student loans outstanding, with the average at $26,000. Economist Richard Vedder, director of the Center […]

Trustee Defends Free Speech on Campus

At the Lone Star College System’s Board meeting on August 1, I read a statement titled, “A community college often a better option than a university.”  My piece strongly supported community colleges, corroborated with hard data.  At the conclusion of my statement I said:  “There are two major things that would jerk my chain as […]

Why are trustees usually cheerleaders, not governors?

  I believe it is safe to say that most college trustees throughout the country are generally cheerleaders, not governors. Yet trustees, as the name suggests, are entrusted with the statutory authority and fiduciary responsibility to govern and to set policy.  Often trustees lose sight of the charge that their loyalties are as much to […]

AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS AREN’T LEARNING, AND HOW TO FIX IT

The end of higher education is learning—that seems an obvious point.  But readers will be astonished to know that most universities have no idea what or if students are learning because they do not measure and assess it.  They have comfortably come to assume that if kids pay a small fortune to attend college, sit […]

BIRTH OF A LEGISLATIVE BILL

It is not easy for outsiders to draft the concept of a legislative bill and get the bill introduced by a legislator.  It happened in our case.  Tom Lindsay and I created a Texas pilot codifying a simultaneous dual-enrollment partnership between a community college and a four-year school partner.  The bill would help low-income community-college […]

BIASED TEACHING IN THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HISTORY DEPARTMENT

The Texas Association of Scholars and the National Association of Scholars’ Center for the Study of the Curriculum has just released a 62-page in-depth study titled, “Recasting History:  Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History?” The study “examined all 85 sections of lower-division American history courses” at the University of Texas and Texas A&M […]