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

Charge: Obama College Scorecard Is a Giant Student Welfare Scheme

(From The Washington Examiner): “Obama Administration’s Plan to Rate Colleges Won’t Produce Accountability” By Shikha Dalmia University presidents are crying a river over the Obama plan to create a federal scorecard to rate colleges. But their tears might be the only good thing to come out of this plan. Otherwise, it’s simply a welfare scheme for students masquerading as […]

Bloomberg Blasts Ivy League Intolerance, Censorship

(From MikeBloomberg.com): Speech at Harvard Commencement by former NYC Mayor, Mike Bloomberg “There is an idea floating around college campuses – including here at Harvard – that scholars should be funded only if their work conforms to a particular view of justice. There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern-day form […]

Report: AAU Colleges Neglect Student Learning

(From NewAmerica.net): “Building a New AAU: The Case for Redefining Higher Education Excellence” By Kevin Carey       The most influential higher education organization in America isn’t part of the government. It doesn’t regulate anyone or donate to political campaigns. It’s just a private club with five dozen members, representing less than two percent of all the colleges and universities in America.    Yet […]

Is College Always “Worth It”?

(From Forbes.com): Let’s Clarify the “College is Worth It” Conversation By Andrew Kelly The current debate about higher education has reached an odd status quo: tuition prices and student debt are up, wages for college grads are down, and the wage premium attached to bachelor’s degrees is higher than ever. We’re questioning whether college is “worth […]

Congrats on That Diploma. You May Not Need It

(From Bloombergview.com): By Richard K. Vedder College graduation season is in full bloom, and this year American institutions will confer about 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees. As in the past, many of the best and brightest have, or will land, jobs requiring knowledge, skills and critical thinking — and will be paid good salaries. But increasingly, today’s college […]

Number of $1M College Presidents Doubles in 2013

According to a recent study, the number of college presidents earning more than $1 million more than doubled in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The study, conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education took into account base salary, bonuses, deferred pay, retirement and severance. It found that nine presidents went over the $1 million mark in 2013 while […]

Commencement Speaker Blasts Campus Intolerance

(From delconewsnetwork.com): Haverford College Speaker Calls Students Immature, Arrogant HAVERFORD (AP) — A commencement speaker on Sunday blasted college students as “immature” and “arrogant” for protesting another speaker who then decided to withdraw. William Bowen, former president of Princeton University, used his commencement speech at Haverford College to criticize students who campaigned against Robert Birgeneau, […]

How to Make College Affordable

(From National Review Online): “How to Make College Affordable”         As Mitch Daniels has shown, a little business acumen goes a long way in academia By Mona Charen There’s a debate among economists about why a college degree is worth so much. That the credential is valuable is not in doubt. According to the […]

Bonfire of the Humanities

(From the Wall Streeet Journal):        “Bonfire of the Humanities”         Christine Lagarde is the latest ritualistic burning of a college-commencement heretic By Dan Henninger It’s been a long time coming, but America’s colleges and universities have finally descended into lunacy. Last month, Brandeis University banned Somali-born feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali as […]