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

Needed: A Better Measure of College Learning than “Seat Time”

Fortunately, despite Carnegie’s hesitation there are other developments indicating that the credit hour’s days may be numbered. Some institutions, such as Western Governors University, have for several years offered degree programs based on competency measures.

Gov. Scott Walker to Univ. of Wisconsin: Teach More

If pushed by restrained appropriations and tuition revenue, UW might do the unthinkable: unwind some of the vast administrative bureaucracy; push professors to teach more; eliminate expensive graduate programs with few enrolled students . . . promote cost-saving technologies; and . . . use facilities more productively for more hours per year.

Why College Textbooks Cost So Much

“During the past 30 years, there has been an explosion of student-loan debt. Students rarely pay for books out of pocket and instead roll it into their financial aid-package. So a $250 textbook is now being paid back over decades.”

What’s a “Fountainhead”?

The professor’s response captured for me what seems to be a serious problem in academia: a general disregard for libertarian and conservative thought. . . . It’s an especially concerning problem given that a primary function of higher education is supposed to be to expose students to a diversity of ideas.

Learning from experience

Just as the 529 tax plan was a misguided proposal, the Common Core testing regime is a train wreck. In 2013, Florida abandoned the consortium designing one of the tests, Tennessee left last year, and Mississippi left in January.

GMU Law School’s Founding Dean, Henry Manne, R.I.P.

One of Manne’s most insightful contributions, made in an obscure essay in the 1970s, has largely gone unnoticed, and it is profoundly important to higher education. Henry thought most of the distinction between “for profit” and “not-for-profit” education was devoid of meaning.

One More Reason College Is So Expensive

Another factor explaining students’ failure to graduate in four years has nothing to do with their intelligence or motivation, and everything to do with the failure of our colleges and universities to keep up their end of the bargain.