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

THE ONE-CLICK WAY TO AN EASY A

(Editor’s Note: This is the second piece published on grade inflation by a UT student requesting, for obvious reasons, anonymity.  SeeThruEdu.com has confirmed that he is in fact a current UT student.) MyEdu is a website that advises students which college courses to take. It is not unique in this respect. Many popular websites offer […]

Higher Ed ‘Reformers’ Upsetting the Status Quo

Of the many headlines that show up on my RSS feed every day, several have to do with student-loan debt incurred in pursuit of the almighty bachelor’s degree. And lately, many others have to do with the election of the new pope. This confluence of articles calls to mind a provocative (and entertaining) lecture from […]

Part 10 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the tenth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Collection agencies have little incentive to change because many receive huge commissions. Government contracts and Education Department data showed that in 2011, collection agencies working for the government earned about $1 […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYPSE

Speaking of sick jokes, we found this, courtesy of The Daily Caller: “America’s acute comedian shortage has been a familiar embarrassment for years. Hilarity experts have fretted that this great nation isn’t producing enough stand-up comics to sustain our historical humor edge over naturally funny rivals such as Poland and Great Britain. Nightclub owners, people […]

Part 11 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the eleventh segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Student loan collection contracts are gold mines for collection agencies. Debt collection agencies have pounced on the opportunity to work with the government. Some have doubled in size and are thriving, […]

Part 12 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note: Today we are running the twelfth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) The average defaulted loan is worth about $17,000. That’s not a huge amount, but it can be hefty for those who don’t have jobs and nearly insurmountable for those with health […]

ANOTHER CAMPUS BUREAUCRACY STRUGGLES TO LOOK IMPORTANT

During the fat years for higher education (roughly, 1965 through 2008), when more and more money was pouring in, most colleges and universities added lots of administrative offices and programs. Over time, most of them grew, following the logic of bureaucracies in non-profit settings: look busy, hype your accomplishments (real or imaginary), then ask for […]

IN SEARCH OF MORE HIGHER ED OUTCOMES ACCOUNTIBILITY

Maybe I shouldn’t have been, but I was struck by an article in the Wall Street Journal noting the outrage by the higher education establishment that met the comments by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory when he expressed in a radio interview his concern that many recent college graduates cannot find jobs and suggested that […]

A MIGHTY MAZE: PART I

A few days ago at the Harvard Club in New York City, the National Association of Scholars (NAS) celebrated its 25th anniversary with a two-day conference on “A Mighty Maze:  Charting the Future of American Higher Education in an Age of Illiberal Ideologies, Broken Budgets, Big Debts, and Declining Standards.”  Before Peter Wood, President of […]

“JUST GET THEM THROUGH (COLLEGE)!”

Have you ever read any history of World War One? It truly was a needless conflict. The human collateral damage was both stratospheric and unnecessary, not to mention the lingering effects and unintended consequences (Treaty of Versailles?). Upon reading said history, one thing becomes painfully clear – there was no strategy involved. There was no […]