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

The Collegiate-Learning Crisis

As detailed in the landmark national study of collegiate learning, Academically Adrift, there is a nationwide college-student-learning crisis: 36 percent of college students across the country demonstrate little-to-no increase in critical-thinking skills after four years spent in college.

Should Universities Own Patents?

Traditional universities want to have it both ways: they want the tax subsidies and exemptions associated with their non-profit status, but they also want to claim they own private intellectual property and make millions from that as well.

To Stem Or Not To Stem? That Is Not The Question

Until our academic culture embraces again what is truly higher in higher education—our capacity to discover Truth—expect still more exoduses from the liberal arts, regardless of how much attention STEM studies receive.

Why Universities Need Strong Boards: The Case of Wallace Hall

Harry Lewis, former dean at Harvard, writes that often “governing boards do not know what is going on,” that they are “notoriously inattentive” and “carefully managed and quite docile.” He argues that trustees “must not return to functioning as the University’s honorees and cheerleaders rather than governors.”

Higher education and private sector investment

Income share agreements would take the burden of college tuition repayment off of taxpayers and ask employers to invest more in the human capital they hope to find in the job market. That is certainly an improvement over Washington’s method of asking taxpayers for more money.

Top 12 Weirdest Scholarships

It’s no secret that college today is practically unaffordable: tuition has increased 440% over the last 25 years and with student loan debt at a record-breaking high, students are desperately seeking help where they can.

Moore’s Law Attacks Higher Education

Let’s hope that the people in my generation don’t mess up the higher education revolution in the interest of too much “collegiality,” which can often result in government intervention and protectionism.