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


(From The College Fix): Opinion: The Academic World Is a Cult After pursuing a career in academia for nearly a decade, a young post-doc has decided to leave behind her dream of becoming a professor. Rebecca Schuman has published a kind of  “farewell letter” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, in which she details the […]


(From Georgia Institute Of Technology And Udacity To Offer $7,000 Online Masters Degree By Troy Onink Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a partnership with Udacity to offer an online Masters Degree in Computer Science for $7,000, down 80% from the existing cost of $40,000 for the on-campus, instructor led program. Suddenly, masters programs […]


At least somebody’s getting something out of college   (From the Huffington Post): Obama Student Loan Policy Reaping $51B Profit by Shahien Nasiripour The Obama administration is forecast to turn a record $51 billion profit this year from student loan borrowers, a sum greater than the earnings of the nation’s most profitable companies and roughly […]


(From the Washington Times): IS COLLEGE WORTH IT?: A FORMER UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION AND A LIBERAL ARTS GRADUATE EXPOSE THE BROKEN PROMISE OF HIGHER EDUCATIONBy William J. Bennett with David WilezolThomas Nelson, $22.99, 240 pages William J. Bennett and David Wilezol’s “Is College Worth It?” asks and authoritatively answers one of life’s biggest […]

One Way to Improve the Higher Education Act

The Higher Education Act is up for reauthorization this year, so this is an especially good time to talk about improvements to it. (We ought to consider repealing it instead, but almost nobody in Congress would support that.) One idea, recently advanced here by Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,  is to stop […]

A Den of Thieves: Black College Administrators and Regents

The popular title and book by James B. Stewart, entitled Den of Thieves, recounts the insider trading scandals involving Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken and other Wall Street financiers during the 1980s.  The book is a fascinating tale of the arrogance and complacency that beset Wall Street in the 1980s.   Why choose this title to characterize […]

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 […]