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

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?

Barriers to Transfer

Community college students often blame themselves for the barriers they face in seeking to transfer. Students not only lose time and money as they attempt to navigate broken systems, they also lose hope in their ability to make a better life through education.

This Chart Tells a Fascinating Story About Higher Education

So much has changed in a generation: who attends college, how they learn, and what their lives are like outside of the classroom. A chart produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation captures the complexity of the higher education landscape and why there can be no one-size-fits-all approach.