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

THE REJECTION OF FREE SPEECH AT LONE STAR COLLEGE, PART TWO

Again, it is germane that readers know that I was chief of staff to Chief Justice Warren Burger and Staff Director of the presidential Commission on the Bicentennial of the U. S. Constitution.  I will strongly defend constitutional rights. First, the necessary background:  The Faculty Senate voted by a huge margin a vote of no-confidence […]

Education Savings Accounts Could Help Parents Afford College

In the continuing quest to make college more affordable, let us now consider an innovative idea that comes to us from the arena of K-12 reform. A new report from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice makes the case for “a unique delivery system called education savings accounts (ESAs), which have the ability to increase […]

RISING COLLEGE COSTS: FOLLOW THE MONEY

In the very earliest pure academic settings, say in ancient Athens, the salaries of instructors exactly equaled the tuition payments made by the students. I assume Socrates charged his students tuition, which he then used to cover his living expenses. Fast forwarding two thousand years, Adam Smith famously pointed out in the Wealth of Nations […]

END ACCREDITATION AS WE KNOW IT

  That accreditation is a racket is well-known among higher ed policy wonks and, likely, among professors and university heads. While it is supposed to be a standard of quality, parents and students generally have little understanding of the accreditation process or what it really indicates – a testament to the lack of value it […]

WHAT ABOUT THE SUPPLY SIDE?

In my last two blog posts, I have argued that college affordability is largely in the hands of higher education consumers. Only when students and families begin to change their behavior on the margin will we begin to see higher education expenditures reigned in. A recent report from educational lender Sallie Mae suggests that this […]

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Challenge to Higher Education

       Time was – boy, do I know; I was there – when  a four-year University of Texas degree – food and housing included — could be had for $5000 (about $37,000 in 2012 terms).  Try wrapping up a single academic year nowadays for less than 30,000 of today’s  bucks.  By the way, median American […]

THE (POLITICAL) COST CONUNDRUM

For higher-education analysts – or just people who’ve cogitated over higher ed – it’s not hard to discern that student aid, especially taken from taxpayers, enables colleges to raise their prices at accelerated rates. Not all observers acknowledge this reality, of course, but the logic is straightforward: If someone gives all customers more money to […]

A GOOD NEWS STORY ABOUT HIGHER ED: TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

A Special Note from Thomas K. Lindsay, Editor in Chief of SeeThruEdu.com: Twenty-five years ago, Allan Bloom published his bestseller, The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students.  His book gave rise to numerous studies over the years testifying to the fact that, since […]

THE FOLLY OF USING CURRENT SPEECHES TO TEACH ENGLISH

            Fortunately, I no longer teach in a place where I am forced to use a preselected textbook.  When I did for many years as I taught freshman composition and literature survey courses in various units of the Georgia State University System, I found myself searching for a diminishing list of classic texts.  At one […]

A Missed Opportunity In Fisher?

On October 10, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case challenging the constitutionality of racial preferences in college admissions – Fisher v. Texas. Unlike the unusually extended argument time in the Obamacare case, in Fisher just over one hour was allotted for the arguments and unfortunately a lot of important considerations were omitted. […]