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

Good Riddance to the Texas State Board for Educator Certification

The SBEC was created by the Texas Legislature in 1995 as a stand-alone agency responsible for the certification of educators. . . . But as an innovative platform for reform of certification and deregulation and accountability of preparation programs, it was dominated by the vested interests of the teacher lobby and the colleges of education. . . .

Obama To Promote Little Schools That Can’t?

What is politically appealing about community colleges is that they are relatively cheap to students, and, of course, they are officially nonprofit, which means they must be pure as the driven snow. But the completion data simply don’t justify a loving embrace of these schools, and policy will only ultimately be successful if it is grounded in reality.

Waking America Up to the Student Debt Bomb

Administration policy encourages graduates to hunt for non-profit, public interest jobs that qualify them for loan forgiveness after only ten years. The country emphatically does not need to tilt the playing field still more against working in the for-profit sector.

2014 Recap: U.S. Universities Continue Their March Toward Irrelevance

Rather than address the twin crises of rising tuitions and lackluster learning, too many universities have continued their march toward irrelevance through acting, not as educators, but rather, as the keepers of ideological purity. They have become defenders, not of free and open debate, but of conformity and closedness.

Campus Sexual Assaults Versus Due Process of Law

I believe universities should be required to refer all incidents where crime may have been committed to the judicial system for adjudication. Sadly, I think universities cannot be trusted to be fair.

Now, here is something to wake up trustees

You’ll find out that there is a problem with faculty not teaching all that many courses. You will learn that the process of searching for a president—the board’s most fundamental responsibility—is full of traps, and that the reliance on an executive search firm often leads to neglect of the board’s responsibility.