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

Obamacare Costs Hit Higher Ed

“Officials at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities are working on their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year,” Silas Allen recently reported in The Oklahoman. “The process includes deciding whether students will see an increase in tuition and fees in the fall.” Higher-education officials are pointing to ever-increasing expenses, Allen reports, including “new costs associated with the […]


(From the Hechinger Report): Conventional college route shifts to “education buffet” By Jon Marcus Danine Adams has taken a few courses at a four-year university, some at a community college, and still more online while working all over the country as an investigator for the federal Bureau of Prisons—career experience that she has also been […]

Tech Co. Pres.: “Sorry College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You”

(From the Wall Street Journal): Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You If you’re at all interested in media, technology or related fields, please learn a little computer programming.  By KIRK MCDONALD Dear college graduates: The next month is going to be thrilling as you cross this major milestone in your education. Enjoy the […]

ACTA supports Texas’ American History Bill

(Editor’s Note: Texas House bill 1938, The American History bill, was approved by the House Higher Education Committee last Friday. The bill was authored by Representative Giovanni Capriglione.  The legislation is based on model legislation crafted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Higher Education.)   Statement of Anne D. Neal, President, American Council […]


Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has recently written very provocatively that Pell Grants shouldn’t be used to pay for remedial courses in college and suggests that students should only be eligible for these grants if enrolled in for-credit courses.  He notes that a large portion of the $40 billion investment in this […]

Davos Man and Higher Education

Tucked between snow-covered peaks in the rarefied air of the Swiss Alps sits the comely little resort town of Davos.  Populated with an enticing assortment of spas and ski-slopes, Davos serves as the site each year of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.  Founded in 1971 under European auspices, the organization has grown […]

College in 2020

With so much happening in higher education it’s hard to imagine what the college experience will look like in a few years’ time. But one thing seems certain.  For kids entering middle school today, college will be very different. Oklahoma State Professor of Entrepreneurship Vance Fried is bold enough to make some predictions about the […]

Exposing Fraudulent Academic Research

The New York Times recently published a fascinating piece that exposed the fraudulent research of one Diederik Stapel, a professor of social psychology at Tilburg University in The Netherlands. What we learn from the piece is applicable to America, where the incentives for producing worthless research are no different. Stapel had become an academic star […]

HBCUs Need Transformative Leaders

I often read HBCU presidents’ complaints regarding the students that matriculate to their respective colleges and universities.  Many of the complaints leveled by them point to the various shortcoming of the students.  For example, they assert that students are grossly unprepared, lack the discipline and focus to complete college, and that it is difficult to […]

Weep for the Future

A recent report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers suggests that the graduating class of 2013 faces a bleak employment picture. According to the report, businesses only plan to hire 2.1 percent more college grads than they did from the class of 2012, down from an earlier expectation of a 13 percent increase. […]