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


For higher-education analysts – or just people who’ve cogitated over higher ed – it’s not hard to discern that student aid, especially taken from taxpayers, enables colleges to raise their prices at accelerated rates. Not all observers acknowledge this reality, of course, but the logic is straightforward: If someone gives all customers more money to […]


A Special Note from Thomas K. Lindsay, Editor in Chief of Twenty-five years ago, Allan Bloom published his bestseller, The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students.  His book gave rise to numerous studies over the years testifying to the fact that, since […]


            Fortunately, I no longer teach in a place where I am forced to use a preselected textbook.  When I did for many years as I taught freshman composition and literature survey courses in various units of the Georgia State University System, I found myself searching for a diminishing list of classic texts.  At one […]

A Missed Opportunity In Fisher?

On October 10, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case challenging the constitutionality of racial preferences in college admissions – Fisher v. Texas. Unlike the unusually extended argument time in the Obamacare case, in Fisher just over one hour was allotted for the arguments and unfortunately a lot of important considerations were omitted. […]


In my last post I contended that right-of-center students, whether of a religious or secular persuasion, would have a most difficult time finding their voices at many elite liberal arts colleges, including my own. Self-censorship is the rule for conservative students, not the exception. The pressure on campus to conform to “progressive” values proves overbearing, […]

Beyond the Diversity Charade: Who Needs Selective Admissions?

As I explained in my last column, the Supreme Court has held that state universities can set aside both the ban on racial discrimination in the 14th amendment and a colorblind interpretation of the Civil Rights Act on the grounds that “diversity” in college enrollment is a “compelling state interest”, comparable to victory in World […]

UT’s Diversity Charade, part 1

There may be, at least in theory, exceptional cases in which it is reasonable and just for a government to treat its citizens differently on the basis of their race. However, America decided, both in 1868 and again in 1964 and 1972, to ban all such racial discrimination by government and government-aided schools. In the […]

Suppression of Free Speech at My College

As readers will learn why, it is germane that I cite my credentials for my piece that follows.  I was appointed by President Reagan, with U. S. Senate confirmation, as the director of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the United States Information Agency.  Later I became chief of staff to U. S. Supreme Court Chief […]

Will Race-as-a-Factor Triumph at the Supreme Court?

Editor’s Note: Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Fisher v. University of Texas, a major challenge to affirmative action in college admissions. will be running three columns on this subject—one today, and two tomorrow. In October, the Supreme Court will hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas on the constitutional […]

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 […]