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

A Huge Challenge and Dilemma for Higher Ed in Texas

Based on research conducted by the Coordinating Board and Houston Endowment on the fall 2000 cohort of Texas eighth graders, only 19% of them earned any sort of postsecondary credential within six years of expected high school graduation, and for the economically disadvantaged segment of this cohort the result was 9%.

The “State Disinvestment” Myth?

While the percentage of funding coming from state and local sources has fluctuated over the decades, it has stayed in roughly one steady, relatively narrow band, and we remain in that band today.

Remarkably Low Literacy Among New York’s Prospective Teachers

As long as public school officials are required to hire only prospective teachers who have gone through the education school mill, we – that is, the hapless children who desperately need academically-minded teachers — will continue to suffer from classroom mediocrities.

Forgive Us Our (Student Loan) Debts?

One of the programs designed to implement Obama’s vision for student loan forgiveness “privileges” (to use a term that’s all the rage these days) those who go on to work for the government or non-profit organizations.

Policymakers should boost WGU’s high-quality, low-cost education

We learned this month that WGU is producing the largest number of science and math teachers in the United States. And as Vance Fried, a research fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, has pointed out, “while WGU’s educational quality is high, its tuition is low.”