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

How Credential Inflation Devalues College Degrees

(From Ignoring the Elephant in the Room A Pew Research study claims that those who don’t go to college penalize themselves By George Leef Every time a new study comes out regarding the “payoff” from college, I wonder: Will this finally be the one that takes note of widespread underemployment among recent grads and comprehends […]

The Legislature’s treatment of UT Regent Hall sets terrible precedents

(From the Austin American-Statesman): By Ron Trowbridge Suppose the state Legislature told the Austin American-Statesman that it may not use the Open Meetings Act or the Freedom of Information Act to ask too many questions of the University of Texas at Austin. The newspaper would go rightly ballistic. Yet that is precisely what the Legislature is […]

Texas Leads the Way on Higher-Ed Accountability

(From By Thomas K. Lindsay For years, Washington has failed to make universities accountable to the students and taxpayers funding them. This failure was epitomized by the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, which forbade the Department of Education from creating a “student unit record system, an education bar code system, or any other system that […]

How to Beat the College Tuition Bloat

(From Beat the Tuition Bloat By Glenn Harlan Reynolds “Why am I paying so much tuition to people whose job seems to be telling me to call someone else?” That was my daughter’s lament last week as she tried to pry an essential form out of her college’s labyrinthine bureaucracy, but it’s a question that […]

Small U.S. Colleges Battle Death Spiral as Enrollment Drops

(From By Michael McDonald At a Dowling College campus on Long Island’s south shore, a fleet of unused shuttle buses sits in an otherwise empty parking lot. A dormitory is shuttered, as are a cafeteria, bookstore and some classrooms in the main academic building. “There’s a lot of fear here,” said Steven Fournier, a senior […]

Impeached for Doing Your Job?

(From Impeached for Doing Your Job? By Jane S. Shaw What gets you a credible threat of impeachment in Texas? Doing what you are supposed to do. Wallace Hall is a regent of the University of Texas system. He and other regents discovered that faculty at the University of Texas law school were receiving sizable  […]

ACTA: Texas Legislature’s Treatment of UT Regent is “Off the Rails”

Statement from ACTA President Anne Neal on UT Trustee Wallace Hall (From The legislature’s targeting for impeachment of University of Texas Trustee Wallace Hall is simply off the rails. The costly investigations have already racked up a $400,000 taxpayer tab, and the selective leaking of the report suggests the process has been neither fiscally […]

First Adaptive Learning-Driven MBA Program in the U.S.

(From The Wall Street Journal): First Adaptive Learning-Driven MBA Program in the U.S. Online MBA students at American InterContinental University (AIU) now have the opportunity to make their studies even more efficient with the launch of AIU’s intellipath MBA, the first MBA program in the U.S. driven by adaptive learning technology. The first AIU students will […]

A Sickness in UNC’s Soul

(From It is time to recognize that academia—including the University of North Carolina—has lost its moral compass. By Jay Schalin I recently spoke with a philosophy professor at an Ivy League university. We discussed some issues in higher education, including such depressing topics as the increasing rejection of long-accepted standards of objectivity and a growing […]

Is College Worth It?

(From The Economist):  Too many degrees are a waste of money. The return on higher education would be much better if college were cheaper WHEN LaTisha Styles graduated from Kennesaw State University in Georgia in 2006 she had $35,000 of student debt. This obligation would have been easy to discharge if her Spanish degree had helped […]