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

Part 6 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the sixth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) High recovery rates have meant that less is done to prevent default. The rather intensive methods the government uses to get its money allow it to recoup 80 cents for every […]

A Rejoinder To Mr. and Mrs. Middle Class

Dear Robert and Mary: I received your note of 28 October in response to my open letter of the week before.  Sorry that I was not on campus during family weekend when you brought your eldest for the guided tour.  He liked the pitch, you say, about the open curriculum. Yes, I’m sure he’s not […]

Part 5 of “Forgive us our debts? – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the fifth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together. In 2011, the government recouped more than $2.67 billion using these methods. If you think that seizures and garnishments are uncommon, then think again. Last year, the government collected $1.65 billion […]

Universities are for free thought – as long as they’re the right ones

If you do a good job in your work, it really shouldn’t matter what political beliefs you hold, and especially in a university. After all, universities are supposed to uphold the ideals of free thought and free expression. They are the last places you’d expect to find an employee being punished for holding to a […]

The Scandal of Poor College Learning: The ACTA Measure

(Must-see video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-ma3-PKjTs&feature=youtu.be.) There are many ways to measure productivity in higher education, including faculty teaching loads, Federal research dollar awards, and the knowledge and skills of recent graduates.  The latter yardstick was the focus of  the much-discussed and much-admired Academically Adrift, whose subtitle flatly announced the problem: Limited Learning on College Campuses.  (Amid the […]

Part 4 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

  Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the fourth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Government debt collectors can seize almost any kind of asset. Perhaps one of the scariest aspects of government debt collection is the tools it can use to recoup debts, far […]

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 […]