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

A Depressing Year for Campus Due Process

The 2013-4 academic year featured a steady assault on campus due process, resulting from a loose alliance between the Obama administration (especially its Office for Civil Rights) and self-appointed “activists,” their faculty supporters, and a handful of higher-ed journalists.

Move over MOOCs, it’s online, competency time

(From “Move over MOOCs, it’s online, competency time” by Michael B. Horn When massive open online courses, or MOOCs, took the world by storm in 2012, all too often the description of them was accompanied by an adjective: disruptive. The implication? They were clearly disruptive innovations destined to transform learning. Although the three companies most […]

A Smarter Way to Regulate Colleges

Colleges are cashing in credential inflation. In a recent essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Kevin Carey notes that many “not-for-profit” colleges operate highly profitable terminal master’s programs in fields such as business administration, education, and public administration that are indistinguishable from the two-year vocational offerings of most “for-profit” colleges.

ACTA Files Amicus Brief Challenging Constitutionality of College Accreditors’ Actions

As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni today filed an amicus brief in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals enumerating weighty concerns about the unconstitutional delegation of unchecked power to accrediting agencies, which are private organizations composed largely of education industry stakeholders.

Why College Accreditation Is a Waste of Time

Here’s my reaction when I saw the title of “The Great Accreditation Farce,” Peter Conn’s recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Finally, someone’s telling the truth.

Success doesn’t require a four-year degree

(From The Houston Chronicle): “Success doesn’t require a four-year degree” By L.M. Sixel Too many high school students and their parents are getting the misguided message that success requires a college degree, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs says. And that unrelenting focus toward traditional higher education is causing students to miss a variety of […]

College Presidents–New Captains of the Titanic

(From “College Presidents—New Captains of the Titanic” By Benjamin Ginsberg After the Titanic struck the iceberg, the ship’s captain and senior executives were said to be unworried.  How could their mighty ship sink?  The hubris and arrogance of the ship’s captain and senior officers was astonishing.  They seemed to believe that because they were […]

Former Yale Prof: Ivy League Schools Shortchange Students

(From The New Republic): “Don’t Send Your Kids to the Ivy League” By William Deresiewicz . . . What an indictment of the Ivy League and its peers: that colleges four levels down on the academic totem pole, enrolling students whose SAT scores are hundreds of points lower than theirs, deliver a better education, in the […]