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

Only the Dead (and Universities) Have Seen the End of War

  (From Real Clear Policy):  By Thomas K. Lindsay                                                                “Have Universities Seen the End of War?” Is war a fixed part of human nature? “Yes” […]

The Closing of the Collegiate Mind

(From The Wall Street Journal);  By Ruth Wisse There was a time when people looking for intellectual debate turned away from politics to the university. Political backrooms bred slogans and bagmen; universities fostered educated discussion. But when students in the 1960s began occupying university property like the thugs of regimes America was fighting abroad, the venues […]

Political Revenge in Texas

(Staff Editorial in The Wall Street Journal): What do you do if you’re hired to provide accountability at a public university and your effort lands you in the district attorney’s office facing possible criminal charges? That’s the fate of Wallace Hall, a regent at the University of Texas who asked uncomfortable questions about lawmakers getting special […]

From policy to practice: How competency-based education is evolving

(From By Julia Freeland In 2005, New Hampshire abolished the Carnegie unit—the core unit around which schools typically measure credit hours. In its place, the state mandated that all high schools measure credit according to students’ mastery of material, rather than time spent in class. This policy shift created the first-ever statewide effort to create […]

America’s Growing Student Debt Mountain

(From By George Leef People keep talking about the high burden of college debt, which now surpasses credit card debt. And the federal government is doing something to help. Unfortunately, what it is doing makes the problem worse. Student loan debt has risen more than any other category, according to a February report by the Federal Reserve […]

The $10,000 Bachelor’s Degree Arrives

(From Business Week): By Peter Coy Colleges’ spring terms are winding down, which means thousands of newly minted graduates of four-year colleges will soon be entering the workforce, encumbered by more than $29,000 in student loan debt, per average debtor. At the same time, there’s wide debate about how well college prepares students to compete for […]

Adjunct Professors of the World Unite?

(From the Bulletin): The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 284 announced last week its intention to unionize adjunct instructors at Macalester College and Hamline University. Both groups have filed election petitions with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The push for adjunct unionization is part of a larger national movement, led by unions like SEIU […]

The Closing of the Academic Mind

(From The Weekly Standard):  By William Kristol From Brandeis on the Atlantic to Azusa on the Pacific, an iron curtain has descended across academia. Behind that line lie all the classrooms of the ancient schools of America. Wesleyan, Brown, Princeton, Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Berkeley, Bowdoin, and Stanford, all these famous colleges and the populations within them […]

Lone Star Lunacy

(FromNationalReviewOnline):  Lone Star Lunacy There’s something rotten in the state of Texas By Kevin D. Williamson Why do state universities have boards of trustees? In Texas, where the rather grandiose flagship university system styles its trustees “regents,” the governor appoints representatives to the universities’ governing boards in order to ensure that state resources are being […]

Higher Education: The Great Equalizer? –No!

(From Higher Education: The Great Equalizer? By Kay Hymowitz The literature on inequality tends to be a hard slog, dense with charts and graphs, and clogged with technical detail about wealth vs. income, capital, the 1%, the .01% and the .001%. Journalist George Packer aimed at something more relatable in his National Book Award–winning The Unwinding, […]