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


(From What is the ROI of Your College Degree? By Chris Kahn Undergraduate tuition, possible graduate degrees, and room and board all add up — especially for students taking out loans. But which degree and which jobs really pay off? See how long it would take students to pay off their student loansif they […]


(From the College Fix): HIGHER ED BUBBLE, STUDENT LOAN CRISIS AND BIG GOVERNMENT By Christopher White As interest rates on student loans get ready to double July 1, politicians from both parties have run around this month with ideas and promises about how they plan to help us poor college students. In reality, they’re the ones […]


(From RealClearPolicy): How To Survive the Higher-Ed Meltdown By Thomas K. Lindsay Higher education is reeling. A recent study demonstrates that a third of colleges and universities are now financially unstable through overbuilding, over-borrowing, and over-diversifying. But the good news is there are schools not only surviving but prospering in these harsh times. This good […]

Federal Student Loans Cost Taxpayers Money

The Congressional Budget Office has just released an assessment of what the Federal Direct Student Loan program will cost taxpayers using various accounting measures. As has been noted before, any student loan proposal should encourage CBO to employ fair value accounting (FVA) to determine the cost of student loans. At the same time, the Department […]

Liberal News Organizations Partner with Higher Ed

In its long march through the institutions, the left long ago captured the universities and long ago captured the journalism profession. So it pretty much goes without saying the left has captured the journalism schools in the universities. To the surprise of no one, there is a liberal nonprofit journalism organization — the Wisconsin Center […]

Multiculti U.

(From City Journal): “Multiculti U”     By Heather Mac Donald The budget-strapped University of California squanders millions on mindless diversity programs. In the summer of 2012, as the University of California reeled from one piece of bad budget news to another, a veteran political columnist sounded an alarm. Cuts in state funding were jeopardizing […]

20 Ridiculous Courses Being Offered at U.S. Universities

(From 20 Completely Ridiculous College Courses Being Offered at U.S. Universities By Michael Snyder Would you like to know what America’s young people are actually learning while they are away at college?  It isn’t pretty.  Yes, there are some very highly technical fields where students are being taught some very important skills, but for […]

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Not a week goes by without hearing more about higher education’s dilemma. Critics point to increasing tuitions and decreasing return on investment, echoing the patterns of rapid expansion and mal-investment that characterized the Subprime Crisis. Opponents of this criticism label this as nothing more than fear-mongering and politicking. A comparison of the levels of debt […]

Let’s Not Have More Disaggregated Data

Quite a few people have built careers in higher education around the supposed need to study how different groups compare, and when the inevitable disparities are discovered, setting up programs to address the “underrepresentation problem.” To get a sense of just how deeply ingrained such thinking is, consider this piece from Inside Higher Ed, “The […]

A New Way to Pay for College

Federal student loan debt now exceeds a trillion dollars, over 13 percent of that debt is in default, even with very generous policies regarding loan repayment, and college enrollments are falling for the first time in this century in part because of growing fears among prospective students about incurring the risks associated with borrowing for […]