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

Fail: Higher Ed Tax Code Favors Richer Students

(From   “Is the Tax Code the Proper Tool for Making Higher Education More Affordable?” By Scott A Hodge and Kyle Pomerleau   Education tax credits have grown from a $4.5 billion program claimed by 4.7 million taxpayers in 1998 to a $17.4 billion program claimed by over 7 million taxpayers in 2011. Despite the […]

How College Learning Takes a Back-Seat to Ideology

(From “Madness in Madison” By W. Lee Hansen Many American colleges and universities are in the thrall of “diversity,” but none more so than my institution, the University of Wisconsin. This spring, the university adopted a new plan that, according to Board of Regents policy, “[p]laces the mission of diversity at the center of institutional […]

Losing Our Liberties, One Degree At a Time

(From RealClearPolicy): By Thomas K. Lindsay Does democratic liberty depend on civic education? America’s founders thought so. While we expect students to acquire job-relevant skills in college, we also hope for something more, something higher, than employment training alone, as expressed by Thomas Jefferson’s cautionary remark, “Any nation that expects to be both ignorant and free … expects what never […]

Can Money Contaminate a College?

(From “Can Money Contaminate a College?” You would think so, given the way a Brooklyn College dean avoided a multimillion-dollar grant opportunity. By Mitchell Langbert University administrators and faculties frequently impose their ideological preferences on their institutions. Rarely does that entail giving up money, however. As a rule, administrators leave no stone unturned in […]

University President Calls Law Requiring Study of Constitution ‘Archaic’

(From By Hans von Spakovsky University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides is refusing to comply with a state law that requires all public universities to teach students about America’s founding documents, including the Constitution, calling it “archaic.”  In a bit of irony that is apparently lost on Pastides, USC claims the state law is […]

One more sign of traditional higher ed’s decline

(From The Hill): “Latest accountability move another sign of traditional higher ed’s decline” By Thomas K. Lindsay The academic term just completed could turn out to be a watershed in the national movement to increase accountability in American higher education. Over the past school year, roughly 200 American universities began measuring what students gain in fundamental […]

CHANGE: Will Declining Enrollments Lead Law Schools to Innovate?

(From “Law Schools Peer into the Abyss”  The time seems ripe for making changes in legal education, but which ones?   By George Leef   Not so long ago, law school was a growth industry, with new schools being created and enrollments going ever higher. What a turnaround there has been over the last […]

Fighting Back: Students Sue Over Campus Violations of Free Speech

(From the Los Angeles Times): “Students challenge free-speech rules on college campuses” By Teresa Watanabe College students in California and three other states filed lawsuits against their campuses Tuesday in what is thought to be the first-ever coordinated legal attack on free speech restrictions in higher education. Vincenzo Sinapi-Riddle, a 20-year-old studying computer science, alleged that Citrus College […]

Alum Exposes College’s Growing Politicization, Intolerance

(From Real Clear Politics): By Peter Berkowitz Dear Members of the Board: I read with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation the unexpected announcement earlier this month that President Rebecca Chopp is departing Swarthmore to become the chancellor of the University of Denver. Anticipation because as a grateful graduate of Swarthmore, I can’t help but view […]

Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t.

(From The New York Times): By Kevin Carey Americans have a split vision of education. Conventional wisdom has long held that our K-12 schools are mediocre or worse, while our colleges and universities are world class. While policy wonks hotly debate K-12 reform ideas like vouchers and the Common Core state standards, higher education is largely left to […]