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


I recently wrote a story about an English professor hired at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington who is obsessed with pornography, so much so that he published two books of X-rated poetry, dedicated to kinky porn stars.  (The other mocks Christianity and includes “21 of the filthiest limericks I could think to write,” […]

Education: A Spending Litmus Test

So the country avoided the fiscal cliff, at least one level of it. We supposedly have the tax situation settled (unless the administration demands more increases) while spending remains essentially untouched. The latter will be dealt with in the next couple of months, we’re told. I don’t believe that any real cutting will be done. […]

Higher Education Spending: The Seen and the Unseen

In the January 2007 issue of Perspective, a monthly magazine I edit, Richard Vedder and Jonathan Leirer took a critical look at a study commissioned by Oklahoma State University which—to the surprise of virtually no one—concluded that OSU provides a big boost to the state economy. Vedder and Leirer found fault with the study, saying […]

The Greatest Benefit of Online Higher Education

I am not one of those people who sees online higher education as the panacea for our ailments, but I do see it as a source of competition in an area where competition has mostly been lacking. Let us say that your son or daughter is enrolled at Megga University.  He or she must choose […]


As was discussed in a previous piece, one can study just about anything at the university level, regardless of its utility thereafter. For those who are unaware, the university was once a place where students would go to sharpen their intellectually-bent minds, and to hone their craft before unleashing their gifts on the world after […]


This mandate is the same for all of U. S. higher education, but it is particularly applicable to Texas, where, as we look to the opening of the legislative session in January, the pressure is on all state-funded colleges and universities to cut costs, improve productivity, and enhance student outcomes, all in a difficult state […]

On the Unsustainability of the United States: Part III

In the concluding chapter of The Victim’s Revolution:  The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind (2012), Bruce Bawer asks, “Is There Hope?”  Will the core values of the United States and, more broadly, Western culture survive the enemy within?  Few could deny that in a remarkably short period of time […]

Beware the Data!

Something that seems to get broad support among policy people is government collecting more data and using new statistics to “inform” the public, politicians, and researchers. After all, knowing more helps us to be good consumers, right? Maybe, but that doesn’t outweigh the myriad pitfalls of politicians and other people having more statistics to abuse. […]

The Transformation of American Education

Two recent developments are furthering the shake-up of traditional higher education: top-tier Georgetown University joined edX, the Harvard/MIT online learning initiative, and Udemy received a $12 million donation from Insight Ventures Partners, and two additional investors. Both edX and Udemy are MOOC (massive open online course) providers, enabling anyone in the world to take courses […]

Professor calls for assassination of NRA CEO

The taxpayer-funded University of Rhode Island’s latest offering of civility and reasoned discourse: Professor calls for assassination of NRA CEO From Campus Reform By Oliver Darcy, on Dec 17, 2012 A professor of history turned to Twitter over the weekend to call for the death of National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre, branding the […]