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

Study finds racial discrimination in law, undergraduate, and medical school admissions at the University of Oklahoma

“Oklahoma voters have approved a Republican-backed measure that wipes out all affirmative action programs in state government hiring, education, and contracting practices,” the Associated Press reports. The measure was approved by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent, which did not sit well with a Mr. Lamont Lowe, a high-school science teacher in Oklahoma […]

THE SAD STATE OF THE EDUCATION “PIPELINE”

In the fall edition of Education Next, Paul Peterson and his coauthors Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woesmann attempt to answer the question, “Is the U. S. Catching Up?”, the title to their article suggested by the recent pronouncement in a new book by Yu Xie of the University of Michigan that “American high school students […]

Part 13 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the thirteenth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) If a debt collector hasn’t found a defaulting borrower in six months, the case gets passed on to another agency. The government doesn’t give up easily when it comes to tracking […]

Part 6 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the sixth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) High recovery rates have meant that less is done to prevent default. The rather intensive methods the government uses to get its money allow it to recoup 80 cents for every […]

A Rejoinder To Mr. and Mrs. Middle Class

Dear Robert and Mary: I received your note of 28 October in response to my open letter of the week before.  Sorry that I was not on campus during family weekend when you brought your eldest for the guided tour.  He liked the pitch, you say, about the open curriculum. Yes, I’m sure he’s not […]

Part 5 of “Forgive us our debts? – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the fifth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together. In 2011, the government recouped more than $2.67 billion using these methods. If you think that seizures and garnishments are uncommon, then think again. Last year, the government collected $1.65 billion […]

Universities are for free thought – as long as they’re the right ones

If you do a good job in your work, it really shouldn’t matter what political beliefs you hold, and especially in a university. After all, universities are supposed to uphold the ideals of free thought and free expression. They are the last places you’d expect to find an employee being punished for holding to a […]

The Scandal of Poor College Learning: The ACTA Measure

(Must-see video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-ma3-PKjTs&feature=youtu.be.) There are many ways to measure productivity in higher education, including faculty teaching loads, Federal research dollar awards, and the knowledge and skills of recent graduates.  The latter yardstick was the focus of  the much-discussed and much-admired Academically Adrift, whose subtitle flatly announced the problem: Limited Learning on College Campuses.  (Amid the […]

Part 4 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

  Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the fourth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Government debt collectors can seize almost any kind of asset. Perhaps one of the scariest aspects of government debt collection is the tools it can use to recoup debts, far […]