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

ON THE UNSUSTAINABILITY OF THE UNITED STATES: PART ONE

The word “sustainability,” like the words “diversity” and “multiculturalism,” has acquired totemic status on college campuses.  Go to your favorite college website, look under “Offices & Services,” “Research,” “Education” “Campus” or any number of other categories and you may find more space devoted to the word than is devoted to the offerings of certain traditional […]

Jacques Barzun, R.I.P.

           Jacques Barzun’s death a month ago, at age 104,  had, as one factor offsetting so great a cultural loss, a brief rebirth of Barzun-erie:    valedictory attention to the civilized ideas for which he stood during an extraordinary public career.  Barzun saw the Western world “losing it,”  in Western newspeak: going over a moral […]

LONE STAR COLLEGE TRAMPLES CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

On November 10, the Houston Chronicle published a devastating piece on Lone Star College, “Speech about workplace rights not welcome at college.”  Joe Bontke, Outreach Manager of the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was scheduled to speak on November 9 at Lone Star College.  The college administration disinvited him.  This suppression of free speech […]

BILL GATES TAKES “MASSIVE” LEAP INTO HIGHER ED

Several higher education sites are reporting that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are soon to become the beneficiaries of $3 million in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Over at Inside Higher EdPaul Fain reports that Gates is partnering with the American Council of Education (ACE), which plans to recommend which MOOCs offered […]

Part 7 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the seventh segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Penalties on loan defaults can be as high as 25% of the balance. The loans that many students carry are already staggeringly high, but not paying the loans can make things […]

EVERY CHILD DESERVES THE BEST EDUCATION WE HAVE TO OFFER

Those of us who are involved with PreK-12 education reform have been dealing with a major firestorm of pushback to the Texas public school accountability system and its high stakes standardized assessments that were adopted in 2009.  Much of the pushback originates in a preference for an expanded vocational pathway for students in lieu of […]

HOW DODD-FRANK DISTORTS THE FACTS ABOUT COLLEGE STUDENTS LOANS

Last month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – a rogue creation of Dodd-Frank – released the first annual report from its private student loan “ombudsman.” And boy, does the report illustrate how far off the rails government has gotten. Start with the focus: private student loans. These and for-profit colleges have gotten huge, damning attention […]

Study finds racial discrimination in law, undergraduate, and medical school admissions at the University of Oklahoma

“Oklahoma voters have approved a Republican-backed measure that wipes out all affirmative action programs in state government hiring, education, and contracting practices,” the Associated Press reports. The measure was approved by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent, which did not sit well with a Mr. Lamont Lowe, a high-school science teacher in Oklahoma […]

THE SAD STATE OF THE EDUCATION “PIPELINE”

In the fall edition of Education Next, Paul Peterson and his coauthors Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woesmann attempt to answer the question, “Is the U. S. Catching Up?”, the title to their article suggested by the recent pronouncement in a new book by Yu Xie of the University of Michigan that “American high school students […]

Part 13 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the thirteenth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) If a debt collector hasn’t found a defaulting borrower in six months, the case gets passed on to another agency. The government doesn’t give up easily when it comes to tracking […]