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

Uncle Sam, Student Loans, and The Sopranos

The federal government operates what looks like a predatory loan program for families. . . . Politico’s Michael Grunwald says the PLUS loans have “much higher interest rates and fees, and far fewer opportunities for loan forgiveness or reductions.”

Think (Hard) Before You Collect

A major reason to oppose more data collection and publication is that there is little evidence it will actually help. The fact is that college costs, retention rates, earnings by major, etc., are all widely available but appear to be regularly ignored.

More Good News for Western Civilization in Texas

Recently I attended what was called the Western Civilization Summit in Austin, jointly sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the host of SeeThruEdu, and the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University.

How to Counter the Tax-Hikers in the Higher Ed Debate

The Obama administration’s loan forgiveness policy does very little good for students who get their AA or BA degrees at typical colleges, but it does tremendous good for those who get advanced degrees at pricey universities and then go into “public service” work.

Campus Cannibals?: A Student’s Take on Political Correctness

No one, whatever his/her identity, has a monopoly on truth. This idea is central to the Enlightenment and to American democracy, and it is profoundly threatened by a leftist ideology that elevates identity over ideas. The end of free speech on campus may just be the beginning.

Colleges Should Renew Their Commitment to Academic Freedom

Let’s push to have universities adopt the Chicago/Princeton policy nationwide. Ask schools to reiterate in no uncertain terms a dedication to the principle that universities and colleges are marketplaces for ideas, and that attempts to suppress expression of free speech are not to be tolerated.

War on Academic Achievement?: The Plight of Asian-Americans

Asian-Americans have the lowest acceptance rate for each SAT test score bracket, having to score 140 points higher than a white student, 270 points higher than a Hispanic student, and 450 points higher than a black student to be on equal footing with these ethnic groups. If this isn’t a flagrant double standard, how would we define one?

Conference to Address the Attack on the Study of Western Civilization

“The very term ‘Western civilization’” notes the great American social critic Christopher Lasch in a Harper’s essay from November 1994, “now calls to mind an organized system of domination designed . . . to keep the victims of patriarchal oppression – women, children, homosexuals, people of color – in a permanent state of subjugation.”

What if Profs Had to Pay Me for Life?

Leftist groupthink dominates academic departments, conservatives are easily weeded out before tenure – mostly through the hiring process itself – and even many (if not most) tenured dissenting professors live “in the closet” to avoid the social and professional consequences of public disagreement on key cultural or scientific issues.