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

WHEN WILL THIS NONSENSE STOP?

For years now, evidence has been mounting that America has badly oversold higher education. We know that many college graduates end up unemployed – most of the Occupy Wall Street protesters were jobless college grads. We know that many more are underemployed, working as bartenders or office clerks or aerobics trainers. And we know that […]

One Takes the High Road, Most Take the Low Road

Two recent stories about colleges in North Carolina offer despair and hope about higher education. First, the bad news. North Carolina State University’s athletic director, Debbie Yow, just fired the school’s football coach, Tom O’Brien, because of his 40-35 won-loss record. It seems the school has visions of winning national championships: Yow said she wants […]

Sports “Donations” a Flagrant College Foul

I love me some Georgetown University basketball, and am happy to pay for the privilege of possessing season tickets. (Well, that is when the Hoyas win pretty regularly and don’t deliver too many abominations like this one.) I’m also more than willing to make the hoops club “donation” that’s required to secure my seats. But […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYSE

  This article, courtesy of the British Independent: “How sex work has replaced a bar job for students who struggle to pay bills, loans, and university fees”                        Kind of gives new meaning to “SeeThruEdu”      

SILLY HEADLINE OF THE WEEK

    Headline of recent article, courtesy of the Washington Independent: “Critics of Perry-led higher ed reform in Texas warn Florida of ramifications” As in, “Warning fellow Floridians: You are in danger of lower tuitions degrees that actually lead to jobs, and less student-loan debt.  Protect yourselves!”  

WHEN COLLEGE FOOTBALL TRUMPS STUDENT LEARNING

      After decades and decades, I’ve changed my career aspirations.         I no longer want to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.  I want to become a fired football coach for a  rich university.  It’s where the big bucks are.  I mean,  look:  Auburn University fires its head coach,  Gene Chizik, after two […]

$10,000 College Degree Is an Idea Worth Spreading

In my home state of Oklahoma, the governor and several higher education officials have said they would like to see an increase in the number of college graduates. I’ve written elsewhere that this is not entirely a good idea. In any case, we’re still left with the problem of affordability (note the recent cover of […]

Part 8 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the eighth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Debt collectors hired by the government rarely explain the options debtors have for repayments. Those struggling to pay back their student loans do have options that can make it possible to […]

ON THE UNSUSTAINABILITY OF THE UNITED STATES: PART ONE

The word “sustainability,” like the words “diversity” and “multiculturalism,” has acquired totemic status on college campuses.  Go to your favorite college website, look under “Offices & Services,” “Research,” “Education” “Campus” or any number of other categories and you may find more space devoted to the word than is devoted to the offerings of certain traditional […]

Jacques Barzun, R.I.P.

           Jacques Barzun’s death a month ago, at age 104,  had, as one factor offsetting so great a cultural loss, a brief rebirth of Barzun-erie:    valedictory attention to the civilized ideas for which he stood during an extraordinary public career.  Barzun saw the Western world “losing it,”  in Western newspeak: going over a moral […]