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

END COMING TO HIGHER-ED ACCREDITATION MONOPOLY

(From McKinsey & Co.’s Insights &Publications): College for all Open online courses are changing higher education. Traditional colleges face dangers—and opportunities. May 2013 | byAndré Dua Something big is up in higher education thanks to the advent of “massive open online courses” (MOOCs), which can reach millions around the world. What most people—including university leaders—don’t […]

Swarthmore’s Culture of Narcissism

In 1979, the American historian and cultural critic Christopher Lasch published The Culture of Narcissism:  American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations.  Described in the New York Times as “a civilized hellfire sermon, with little promise of salvation,” the book became a bestseller and won a National Book Award.  The political consultant Patrick Caddell […]

The Alleged “Rich-Kid Problem”

Egalitarians never run out of things to complain about. Any statistical disparity between groups causes them to wring their hands and call for action to remedy the “inequity.” The latest outbreak of egalitarian fever has to do with higher education in America, specifically the alleged “rich kid problem.” Jordan Weissman of The Atlantic recently penned […]

Any Loan Proposal Must Incorporate Fair Value Accounting

Once again, Congress is considering what to do about the looming student loan interest rate hike. Last week, the House passed the Smarter Solutions for Students Act, which would peg interest rates on federal Stafford loans to the high-yield 10-year Treasury note plus 2.5 percent. For Parent Plus loans, the proposal pegs the interest rate […]

COLLEGE CENSORSHIP MANDATED BY DEPT. OF ED

(From the College Fix): FREE SPEECH ADVOCATES ALARMED BY NEW FEDERAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT RULES By Blake Baxter New guidelines from the Department of Education lower the standards of what constitutes sexual harassment to any “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.” Free speech activists say this definition is too broad and could endanger First Amendment rights. […]

HARVARD PROFESSOR: “THE HIGHER EDUCATION SCANDAL”

(From Real Clear Policy): The Higher Education Scandal by Harvey C. Mansfield Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, is an institution of good reputation and high quality, where I have some friends. It offers a liberal arts education typical of the best available in America today. It troubles me that Bowdoin, rather than, say, Harvard—a bigger […]

‘The Revolution Is Coming Quickly’

Former University of Texas professor Marvin Olasky recently observed that “tenure at a big state or private university offers full-time pay for part-time, part-year work until death (or utter decrepitude) cometh. Six classroom hours per week. The joke is that a Texas legislator asked a professor how many hours he taught. Six, the prof said, […]

A Good Couple of Weeks for Big Brother

The free exchange of ideas suffered severe blows in the world’s two most powerful countries in the last couple of weeks. In the U.S., the federal departments of Education and Justice issued a statement about sexual harassment at the University of Montana that Robert Shibley, the Senior VP at the Foundation for Individual Rights, says […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYPSE

(From the Chronicle of Higher Education)         Editor’s Note: The cited study in this story (below)–contrary to the Chronicle‘s deceptive headline–fails to rebut the alarming results in student-learning outcomes documented in Academically Adrift.         Why? Because, as Adrift lead author Richard Arum clarifies in the article, “Comparing the scores of a sample of freshmen with a […]

ARE THE FOUNDATIONS OF DEMOCRACY CRACKING?

Concerns about the fragility of democracy are coming from across the political spectrum, as illustrated by the appearance of essays and interviews in the last couple of weeks from representatives of both ends of it, for example, Donald Kagan of Yale University from the right and columnist E. J. Dionne from the left.  And they […]