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

Care About The Poor? Consider Consequences

On the day of the second presidential debate, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion at debate-host Hofstra University. The topic was “defusing the student loan debt bomb,” and I was the lone voice calling for an end to inflation-fueling federal student aid. My co-panelists were Tamara Draut of the think tank […]

THE LOOMING OVERHAUL IN HIGHER EDUCATION DELIVERY

It is no secret that the advance of technology in delivery is transforming higher education in America.  Approximately one-third of current higher education students are enrolled in at least one online course and the number is growing at a significant rate.  There is no doubt that this trend will expand into radical reform and restructure, […]

AN OPEN LETTER TO MR. AND MRS. MIDDLE CLASS

Dear Robert and Mary Bourgeois: You have asked for my advice about where to send your two teenage sons to college.  They show an interest in liberal arts colleges; they are looking in particular, you say, at about a dozen elite private liberal arts colleges centered in the northeast.  I share your concern about cost.  […]

The Productivity Hurdle

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education this week takes up the continuing issue of faculty productivity, especially as it bears upon research/teaching equations.  The central character is Lawence Martin, who runs an academic data organization named Academic Analytics that offers universities programs to document the labor faculty perform.  Here’s Martin’s central offer: “If […]

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 […]