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

Blocking and Tackling in Higher Education

Nationally, fewer than 60% of entering students obtain a degree within six years, and the percentage that graduate within four years is below 50%. The problem is most pronounced in the early stages of a college career, where only about 75% of students return for their second year.

It’s Never Easy, but Colleges Must Dig Deep to Survive

Some years ago, while I was teaching business courses at a small liberal arts college after a thirty year career in a corporate environment, the interim president of the college asked me how I thought the college could attract more students to its Business and Economics major.

How Can a College Improve Decision-Making?

College decision-making is much different than in a corporate environment. The process is much slower, and more circular than linear. As for the identity of the final decision maker — well, that wasn’t really clear to me.

What’s Causing Anxiety on Campus?

Students, led by faculty, have turned inward. And inward thinking breeds an overabundance of emphasis on the self. When the self becomes the most important, attention is paid to anxieties that would probably go relatively unnoticed if a student was highly engaged in outward-facing activities.