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

TEXAS TWO-STEPS PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW

“Transparency, accountability are crucial in higher education” (From the Houston Chronicle): By Thomas K. Lindsay The Texas House is considering impeaching UT System regent Wallace Hall. The affair looks to be a case study in what happens when the higher education establishment confronts accountability. It also demonstrates why theTexas Public Policy Foundation has for years championed greater transparency, without which there cannot […]

Liberating Liberal Education

(From Minding the Campus): “Liberating Liberal Education” By Thomas K. Lindsay Peter Lawler’s “The Downside of MOOCified Disruption” challenges my op-ed, “Confronting MOOC Melancholy.”  Let’s start where he and I apparently agree, and see where the logos leads.  First, I argue in my piece that higher education suffers from watered-down standards and ideologically-driven instruction.  Lawler […]

Trampling on Transparency in Higher Education

(FromThe American Spectator): “Transparency for Thee” Texas’ higher education battle matters beyond the Lone Star State By Thomas K. Lindsay In Texas and across the country, too many college students are paying too much and learning too little, and not much is being done about it. Texas reformers have been pushing transparency legislation, with the […]

Defending Online Learning

(From RealClearPolicy): “Confronting MOOC Melancholy” By Thomas K. Lindsay Have we fallen prey to MOOC mania? A recent article  by Professor Peter Lawler, a distinguished humanist, raises deeper concerns about these “massive open online courses” than we usually hear. Lawler finds faith in the “disruption” promised by MOOC supporters ill-founded.”The truth is that ‘disruption theory’ … means replacing an […]

Does the $10K College Degree Sacrifice Quality?

(From The Evolution):  Thomas K. Lindsay We have reached a point in this country where the issue of the affordability of college now transcends the usual gulf between Democrats and Republicans, the liberals and conservatives. Across the political and ideological spectrum — from President Barack Obama, a liberal Democrat, to Texas Governor Rick Perry, a […]

RACE SEGREGATION AT HAMILTON COLLEGE –PART 2

Events over the last 72 hours prove the following maxim: University corruption, like Count Dracula, flees before the sunlight of transparency.   Shortly after SeeThruEdu.com, along with other reform organizations, publicized Hamilton College’s race-segregated meetings, the College capitulated. Saturday afternoon, SeeThruEdu.com published “Race-Based Segregation at Hamilton College.”  Sunday night, as reported in Legalinsurrection.com, Hamilton backed […]

A Conservative Road Map to a Better Academy

  (From RealClearPolicy.com): By Thomas K. Lindsay A Marxist historian told me sharply some 30 years ago: “The left’s decisive advantage is this: We will ‘waste’ money on projects for years, decades, in order to raise public consciousness, whereas quintessential Americanism lives and dies tethered to its god of the quarterly profit. Viewing education as […]

RICK PERRY VETOES BILL THAT WOULD HAVE STYMIED HIGHER-ED REFORM

Perry’s SB 15 veto saved legislators from themselves on university governance  By Thomas K. Lindsay Special to the Star-Telegram Texas higher-education policy is always an arena of discussion and debate, but last week brought a new twist to that milieu with reports of a legislative attempt to impeach University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall. One […]

DEPRESSING NEWS ABOUT ED SCHOOLS

(From RealClearPolicy): Depressing News About Ed Schools By Thomas K. Lindsay Discussions of how to address poor student learning at the college level often end with fingers pointed, not at higher education, but at the K-12 sector: Universities, the story goes, can do only so much with students coming in with poor K-12 educations. But […]

A SMALL COLLEGE’S BIG LESSONS FOR SURVIVING THE HIGHER-ED MELTDOWN

(From RealClearPolicy): How To Survive the Higher-Ed Meltdown By Thomas K. Lindsay Higher education is reeling. A recent study demonstrates that a third of colleges and universities are now financially unstable through overbuilding, over-borrowing, and over-diversifying. But the good news is there are schools not only surviving but prospering in these harsh times. This good […]