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

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 […]

It is healthy for trustees to inform the public

Recently, I answered questions from a newspaper reporter.  The questions were reasonable and fair, and I answered these questions as accurately and as honestly as I knew the truth to be (“Trustee says board not told college sued EEOC”).  The questions and my answers put the college’s administration where I’m a trustee in a negative […]

The Story of Two College Athletes and Payola

I’d like to look at the issue of whether college football players should be paid, citing my own story at the University of Michigan. I was fortunate enough to win an Elmer Gideon Memorial Scholarship for combined academic and athletic achievement. I was awarded half of my tuition. I washed lunch and dinner dishes in […]

Why For-Profit Schools Deserve Welcome, Not Scorn

  (From the Dallas Morning News):   Why For-Profit Schools Deserve Welcome, Not Scorn By Ron Trowbridge   The Obama administration unveiled a plan Friday to strip federal funding from for-profit and career schools whose students default on loans at excessive rates. Such a new edict will do much harm to countless low-income, nontraditional and minority […]

Taxpayer Dollars Wasted in “Pell Hell”

Two- and four-year institutions of higher education are wasting billions of dollars annually in Pell grants. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s “2013 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac” reports that “more than half of students entering a Texas public two-year college do not meet state college-readiness standards” and that only 38 percent of students below […]

Legislative micromanaging undermines regents’ authority

(From the Houston Chronicle): By Ron Trowbridge As a trustee of the Lone Star College System , I am especially focused on how theTexas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations is attempting to resolve the controversy surrounding University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall . While trustee matters at Lone Star College work on a smaller scale than at UT, the […]

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 […]