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

Part 3 of “Forgive us our debts? – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the third segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Last year, the U.S. Department of Education spent over $1.4 billion to hire collection agencies to hunt down these defaulters. Despite the fact that unemployment for new grads is at record […]

Academics’ Freedom vs. Everyone Else’s

A significant interest of mine is how public elementary and secondary schools—government schools—force diverse people into conflict rather than, as the gauzy mythology tells us, bringing them together. After all, unless people are prepared to ditch deeply-held values and opinions about what’s best for their kids, they have no choice but to engage in political […]

Part 2 of “Forgive Us Our Debts?—Not a Chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the second segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Nearly one in every six borrowers with a loan balance is in default. Sadly, the number of students who are already or will have to deal with debt collection on their […]

Part 1 of “Forgive Us Our Debts? – Not a Chance”

Editor’s Note:  Beginning today, we are reprinting a 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.)   15 Sad but True Facts about Student Loan Debt Collection by Staff Writers October 4, 2012 By now, most people have heard about the staggering amount of debt that the average college grad […]

IN PRAISE OF TENURE

            One must be sympathetic to those who, observing the shipwreck which is the American humanities professoriate, suggest the abolition of tenure. Such proposals elicit furious denunciations from the academy and from the left. Getting rid of tenure would usher in a new McCarthyism, they claim (from their lips to God’s ear). It’s almost reason […]

The Days of ‘Blanket Support’ Are Over

“As the winds of austerity sweep through the country, winter is coming for academia,” Walter Russell Mead recently wrote (‘Academia’s Day of Reckoning Draws Nearer’). “Taxpayers and their representatives can no longer afford to supply blanket support to every academic venture, field, and practitioner.” Hats off to University of Oklahoma president David Boren for at […]

SHOCKER: STUDY SHOWS UNIVERSITY FACULTY BECOMING LESS DIVERSE

In “Moving Further to the Left,” Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed reports the following: “Academics, on average, lean to the left. A survey being released today suggests that they are moving even more in that direction. “Among full-time faculty members at four-year colleges and universities, the percentage identifying as “far left” or liberal has […]

A MODEST PROPOSAL TO CUT UNIVERSITY COSTS BY 10 PERCENT–FIRE THE DEANS!

In the last forty years, there has been a revolution in management theory, largely driven by insights of W. E. Deming and the Quality Circles model, first implemented successfully in Japan and largely responsible for the revival of Ford in the U.S.  This new model flattens the hierarchical structure of management, eliminating layers of middle-level […]

UNSUSTAINABLE HIGHER ED SPENDING

The Obama administration claims that the budget approved by the House of Representatives, authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would “slash” Pell Grant funding. The White House argues the budget would mean “students would see their Pell Grants fall by more than $1000 in 2014, and, over the next decade, over one million […]

YET ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF HOW PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES WASTE TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS

  In present economic times when the continuation of jobs and positions in higher education is uncertain, some university departments have found novel ways to ensure they will be “needed”.  A prime example is the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB was originally established to ensure that research is performed ethically and to protect the […]