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

AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS AREN’T LEARNING, AND HOW TO FIX IT

The end of higher education is learning—that seems an obvious point.  But readers will be astonished to know that most universities have no idea what or if students are learning because they do not measure and assess it.  They have comfortably come to assume that if kids pay a small fortune to attend college, sit […]

THE BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN IN TEXAS

The firestorm over standardized testing in the K-12 accountability system that has been building in Texas for over two years is coming to a major showdown, and the primary context of the debate is with House Bill 5, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 145-2 and was passed out of the […]

MOOCs are Worth the Hype

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently conducted a survey of professors who have taught Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and found that 79 felt that MOOCs “are worth the hype.” The Chronicle’s survey, which attempted to contact every professor who had ever taught a MOOC, received responses from 103 out of 184 professors.  he median […]

TEXAS STANDOFF

(From the Pope Center web site): TEXAS STANDOFF An Old West-style conflict in Texas pits the higher education and political establishments against the reform movement By Jay Schalin 21 April 2013 Higher education reform doesn’t come easy. Lots of people like things the way they are, no matter how bad things really are. In Texas, […]

TEXAS BATTLE TO ENHANCE COLLEGE AMERICAN HISTORY COURSES

(Transcript of testimony by the Texas Public Policy Foundation before the Higher Education committee of the Texas House): To: Rep. Dan Branch, Chair, House Higher Education Committee From: Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation Date: 17 April 2013 Re: Testimony in support of HB 1938 I am here […]

THE CANCER OF COLLEGE GRADE INFLATION

(From National Review, print edition, April 22, 2013, Issue) HIGHER EDUCATION REVALUEDTexas considers a proposal to reverse grade inflation By Thomas K. Lindsay Grade inflation is real, rampant, and ravaging a university near you. It would be a scandal if more people knew about it. A bill filed in March in the Texas legislature looks […]

Shine a Light

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” – Sir Winston Churchill “What is done in the dark will be brought to the light.” – Johnny Cash The truth is very often an uncomfortable, inconvenient thing, normally to be greeted with weeping and gnashing […]

For-profit Higher Ed is Fine – Government Funding is the Problem

One of the more annoying tropes of the left is that while it may be all right for profit-oriented businesses to function in many markets – I have yet to hear anyone demand that dry cleaning, for example, be done by non-profit entities – they shouldn’t be in “helping” fields like healthcare and education. Supposedly, […]

Don’t Bother, HEA Ostriches

If this is how reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is going to go, Congress shouldn’t even bother. If, as the tone seemed to be set in House and Senate hearings yesterday, Congress won’t seriously consider even the possibility that federal student aid helps to fuel tuition inflation – much less make policy based on […]

UNIVERSITY-ASSISTED SUICIDE

(From Real Clear Policy) University-Asssisted Suicide By Thomas K. Lindsay A crusade by humanities professors against Florida governor Rick Scott may be, contrary to their intentions, another sign of the suicide of American education. Scott has proposed lowering tuition rates for students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects in order to bolster […]