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

Trustees, Take Note: Time to Really Do Your Job

Trustees should take a more active role in reviewing and benchmarking the work of faculty and administrators and monitoring outcomes. Too many have seen their role narrowly defined as boosters, cheerleaders, and donors.

Time for Students and Faculty to Get Down to Business

Even I have grown weary of the commentaries decrying the recent nuttiness on college campuses. I’ve certainly written my share of commentaries on all of this, but more recently have been focusing my thoughts on what we need to do to turn this situation around.

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.