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

Who would benefit most from free college?

Using nationally representative data on in-state students at public institutions, I find that students from higher income families would receive a disproportionate share of the benefits of free college, largely because they tend to attend more expensive institutions.

Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy Still to Be Honored at Princeton

President Eisgruber approved the committee’s findings, saying that achieving a more inclusive community at Princeton is best served “not by tearing down names from the past but rather being more honest about our history, including bad parts of our history.”

The College Financial Counselor in Your Pocket

More and more students are becoming aware of scholarship opportunities and loan options, but they need help on the whole road to graduation. If the first step is helping students realize they can afford college, the second—and equally important—is building their knowledge of how to make it through.

Serenity now; or, getting over yourself

If the point of life is to extend one’s own being through rational control, then there’s very little place for real higher education. That might be the main reason that what remains of liberal education in our country is under siege.

Imagine If Conservatives in Academia Could Safely “Come Out”

Shields and Dunn put a positive spin on their results because, like many of their subjects, they want to encourage others on the right to pursue scholarly careers. Research and teaching benefit from a variety of political lenses, they argue.

The rise of the ‘gentleman’s A’ and the GPA arms race

A’s — once reserved for recognizing excellence and distinction — are today the most commonly awarded grades in America. That’s true at both Ivy League institutions and community colleges, at huge flagship publics and tiny liberal arts schools, in English, ethnic studies and engineering departments alike.

Why Are We Dumbing Down the SAT?

America’s college entrance examination wants to do away with difficult vocabulary. But the assumption that many “SAT words” are genuinely obscure cries out to be challenged.

The Shame Culture

Everybody is perpetually insecure in a moral system based on inclusion and exclusion. There are no permanent standards, just the shifting judgment of the crowd. It is a culture of oversensitivity, overreaction and frequent moral panics, during which everybody feels compelled to go along.