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

A Big Campus Trend: Ignorance of U.S. History

The consequences of these weak academic standards are clear. ACTA’s surveys of college graduates reveal year after year deep and widespread ignorance of United States history and government.

Hijacked by an External Funding Mentality

Reliance on federal grants, awards from private foundations, alumni donations, tuition, student fees, tax revenues and proceeds from athletics has made revenue generation a focus pervading the daily operations of higher education institutions.

Brexit Shows Ugly Side of British Universities

Censorious antics of ‘snowflake’ students have regularly made front-page news here in the UK. No longer. The momentous political fall-out from the June 23rd referendum, when a majority of citizens voted in favor of Britain leaving the European Union, has swept all other concerns aside.

How to Choose a (Machiavellian?) Leader

Maurizio Viroli’s How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens (Princeton University Press) challenges the longstanding tendency to make the Renaissance author’s name synonymous with the art of political skulduggery. Viroli offers us a kinder, gentler Machiavelli.

Fears Surrounding the Privatization of Campus Services Are Unfounded

Textbook prices have risen more than 800 percent over the last 30 years. Unfortunately, small operations such as my campus store don’t have the bargaining power or economies of scale to facilitate lower prices. Barnes & Noble, however, does have that ability.

Free College Is Not Enough

Free college accomplishes very little if students continue to arrive on our campuses unprepared. Right now, half of all community college students enroll in at least one remedial course. Far more often than not, students who aren’t ready for college-level course work when they start, don’t finish. They leave college with debt and no degree to show for it.

College Accreditation Needs Real Reform

When faced with whether to continue recognizing a poor-quality college, accreditors face two options: terminate it and face a potential lawsuit, or do nothing and face little accountability. Is it any surprise that so many accreditors opt for the latter?