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

Arizona and college completion rates

Now that fall has arrived, the temperature in Arizona is cooling off just as a fight over school funding is heating up (again). This complicated mess involving the legislature, courts, teachers unions, and even the state land trust might result in a clearer, more orderly way to pay for education in Arizona.

Senator Sanders Speaks at Liberty University

Following the address by Sanders, Liberty’s campus was not rocked by protests. Nobody complained that the school should have put out “trigger warnings” and no students demanded a “safe place” where they could heal from the trauma of words that clashed with their deeply held beliefs.

The Texas PreK-12 and Higher Education Disconnect

Only 19% of the fall 2000 cohort of Texas 8th graders had earned any type of postsecondary credential within six years of expected high school graduation, and for the economically disadvantaged segment of this cohort the result was 9%.

Keeping A Bad Scorecard

Higher education, with all its rankings and competition, is kind of like a sport. Well now the federal government is going to help us keep score with the College Scorecard, which promises to give all Americans “access to reliable data on every institution of higher education.”

Higher Education Reform and the Role of Government

As a former university professor and administrator, I can tell you that universities cannot be reformed from within. This means that the only alternative to change them is to somehow incentivize reform from the outside and we’re doing this through government bodies, be they state or federal.

Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors

The findings confirm that the problems with American higher education are not mere blemishes, but deep wounds. In particular, the federal student loan program is something of a fiscal disaster, and obtaining a college education is a riskier investment than previously portrayed.

The next frontier in education: Transforming 529 college savings plans

529 plans’ uses should be broader and allow families to save for K-12 expenses and job training expenses after college and graduate school. We should be able to learn and save money in order to improve our skills using a 529 account at any point in our lives.