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

Time to Bust the College-Accreditation Trust!

Expecting accreditation to prevent students from wasting government grant and loan money on college programs that have minimal value was a blunder. We shouldn’t rely more on accreditation, I suggest that we no longer rely on it at all.

Report: New College Grads Increasingly Believe College is Not Worth It

Brandon Busteed of Gallup is quoted as saying, “When you look at recent graduates with student loans it gets really ugly, really fast. If alumni don’t feel they’re getting their money’s worth, we risk this tidal wave of demand for higher education crashing down.”

Rubio Misses Cutting Subsidies for Student Loans

From a policy perspective, the biggest, most billowy red flag is that Rubio does not even mention eliminating, or at least substantially reducing, federal student aid. Heck, it appears he might expand it. But federal student aid is absolutely the primary problem in higher ed!

It’s Not Ideology—It’s Management

It sounds like a moral position, but it’s really a managerial response. The important thing is a trouble-free campus. Avoid expensive cases and bad publicity. Each instance of insensitivity imposes labor costs in terms of hours devoted to handling the grievance.

In a free society, offensive speech must be permitted

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once observed, “If we stop speech that hurts peoples’ feelings, the First Amendment will be a dead letter.” Speech may indeed be offensive, but that’s the price of living and speaking in a free society.

Getting Government Out of the College-Loan Business

While our federal student financial assistance programs are not the cause of all that is wrong in higher education, they are a contributing factor. Senator Alexander single-handedly managed to kill off, at least temporarily, the Perkins student loan program by keeping it from coming up for a Senate vote.

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%.