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

A $10K Degree in the Liberal Arts

In this year’s State of the State address, Governor Perry called for the state’s public universities to begin offering a BA with a total cost (including tuition, fees and textbooks) of $10,000, in contrast to the current rates of between $26,800 and $45,300. If we include the cost to taxpayers, the total bill at UT-Austin […]

They Came, They Saw, They Flunked

The College Board has released the SAT scores for the class of 2012. In a world of rapid change, it is reassuring to know that some things remain the same. The percentage of test takers who achieved the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark was 43%, the same as last year. In American education any […]

Bias in Higher Education

As an educational institution, college is supposed to be a place for learning and sharing ideas. Unfortunately, universities have increasingly become bastions of liberal thought, often times alienating students with more conservative points of view. Whether the class is political science or the history of music, the classroom is not the appropriate place for political […]

Common Core: Dumbing Down “College-Ready” Students

Richard Schramm, of the National Humanities Center, had one of a long string of pro- Common Core pieces appearing recently.  I have been noticing a lot of these, especially by those in institutions that receive public funding or are supported by the Gates Foundation. I was skeptical of Common Core’s supposed “rigor” since the get-go.  […]

The College of Education Disconnect

On two occasions, I have had the opportunity to speak to the annual conference of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE), approximately 300 deans, associate deans, and curriculum directors—a tough and often hostile crowd for a reformer. My message to them for educator preparation policy was the same as I advocated […]

Anyone Should Be Free to Form a Union

An issue that has come up repeatedly is whether professors and even grad students ought to be free to form unions to bargain over their pay, benefits, and working conditions. The relevant federal law, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), is unclear. It specifies that “employees” have the right to seek unionization and collective bargaining, […]

Finding Their Voices? Part I

U. S. News and World Report runs a website called U.S. News University Connection that is designed to facilitate research into the content and quality of colleges and universities in the United States.  A good deal of the posted information actually derives from the colleges themselves.  In the entry for Hamilton College, for example, one […]

The History of Reality

Cows don’t have a history, observed Ortega. They just are. So too with reality. It just is. Or so one might have thought. But reality does acquire historiographical significance where there is more than one of it. I’m not talking about alternative histories. As it happens, today we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the burning […]

School for Scandal

Don’t you just love it when Harvard gets in trouble?  Maybe you don’t, but I do – the consequence,  as they probably say around the Yard, of never having attended “Fair Harvard.”  But that’s not it this time.  I cite the Aug. 30 tidings concerning Harvard’s inquiry into whether – as the New York Times […]

Wasteful Productivity

When humanities departments at research universities report the productivity of their faculty members, they point first not to the number of undergraduates enrolled in their classes, not to the amount of knowledge and level of skills those students attain, not to the external funding professors garner.  No, they tally publications.  Productivity is measured by books […]