See Thru Edu is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation

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

Critical Thinking, or the “Expectation of Confirmation?”

We hear again and again from college leaders that they want students to learn “critical thinking skills,” but evidence keeps mounting that the exact opposite is happening—that many students are learning how to make life miserable for those who dare to disagree with them.

College Completion: Just Add Structure

Nearly half of all students who undertake postsecondary programs in the U.S. do not achieve the desired credential. So our high rate of matriculation (approximately 70%) is undermined by our low level of completion (54%).

Debt Forgiveness and Liquidation

The messy dismantling of Corinthian Colleges is moving through a federal bankruptcy court, as a judge mulls whether to halt loan repayments for up to 350,000 former students and the defunct for-profit chain seeks the court’s approval for the fire sale of its remaining assets.

A Wharton Professor Asks, Will College Pay Off?

Even though a certain drug will be beneficial to a majority of patients, we know that it can be very detrimental to others. If you wouldn’t take a drug just because it helps most people, neither should you go to college because it helps most people.

Why Tenure Makes Teaching Better

The untenured faculty member can’t count on anyone reading student comments with the appropriate discernment and rightly fears being unpopular or even controversial for any reason. So he or she operates with the cynicism that accompanies the observation that virtue is not rewarded.

A Degree of Uncommon Success

Read about how academe and outsiders collaborated to shape the ‘professional science master.’

The Fall of Big State U

In the heyday of the flagship universities in the 1950s and 1960s, state governments spent the bulk of their funds on just a few functions—primarily transportation, public safety and corrections, and higher education. That is no longer the case.

Show, Not Tell

Other graduate schools don’t have the resources to try this kind of education, meaning the new program will serve as both an alternative option for those dedicated to becoming reputable teachers and a pool of research on effective teacher training methods.

How Information Will Drive College Transformation

Information asymmetry is beginning to erode in the world of higher education. That means the market will do better in weeding out institutions that cannot show measurable value and make it easier for new forms of competition to enter the picture.