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

Deaned to Death

The Troubling Dean-to-Professor Ratio By John Hechinger on November 21, 2012 J. Paul Robinson, chairman of the Purdue University faculty senate, walks the halls of a 10-story tower, pointing out a row of offices for administrators. “I have no idea what these people do,” says the biomedical engineering professor. Purdue has a $313,000-a-year acting provost […]

BILL GATES ENDORSES CLA TO TEST WHETHER STUDENTS LEARN ANYTHING IN COLLEGE

(Press Release courtesy of the good folks at the Council for Aid to Education) ************************************ Contact: Chris Jackson Director of Business Development, 212.217.0845 [email protected]    BILL GATES CITES THE IMPORTANCE OF CRITICAL THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING, COMPLEX REASONING, AND WRITING SKILLS   The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) is singled out by the Microsoft founder, and joins […]

WHEN WILL THIS NONSENSE STOP?

For years now, evidence has been mounting that America has badly oversold higher education. We know that many college graduates end up unemployed – most of the Occupy Wall Street protesters were jobless college grads. We know that many more are underemployed, working as bartenders or office clerks or aerobics trainers. And we know that […]

One Takes the High Road, Most Take the Low Road

Two recent stories about colleges in North Carolina offer despair and hope about higher education. First, the bad news. North Carolina State University’s athletic director, Debbie Yow, just fired the school’s football coach, Tom O’Brien, because of his 40-35 won-loss record. It seems the school has visions of winning national championships: Yow said she wants […]

Sports “Donations” a Flagrant College Foul

I love me some Georgetown University basketball, and am happy to pay for the privilege of possessing season tickets. (Well, that is when the Hoyas win pretty regularly and don’t deliver too many abominations like this one.) I’m also more than willing to make the hoops club “donation” that’s required to secure my seats. But […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYSE

  This article, courtesy of the British Independent: “How sex work has replaced a bar job for students who struggle to pay bills, loans, and university fees”                        Kind of gives new meaning to “SeeThruEdu”      

SILLY HEADLINE OF THE WEEK

    Headline of recent article, courtesy of the Washington Independent: “Critics of Perry-led higher ed reform in Texas warn Florida of ramifications” As in, “Warning fellow Floridians: You are in danger of lower tuitions degrees that actually lead to jobs, and less student-loan debt.  Protect yourselves!”  

WHEN COLLEGE FOOTBALL TRUMPS STUDENT LEARNING

      After decades and decades, I’ve changed my career aspirations.         I no longer want to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.  I want to become a fired football coach for a  rich university.  It’s where the big bucks are.  I mean,  look:  Auburn University fires its head coach,  Gene Chizik, after two […]

$10,000 College Degree Is an Idea Worth Spreading

In my home state of Oklahoma, the governor and several higher education officials have said they would like to see an increase in the number of college graduates. I’ve written elsewhere that this is not entirely a good idea. In any case, we’re still left with the problem of affordability (note the recent cover of […]

Part 8 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the eighth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Debt collectors hired by the government rarely explain the options debtors have for repayments. Those struggling to pay back their student loans do have options that can make it possible to […]