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

A Federal College Scorecard?

With rapidly rising college tuition and many graduates unable to get employment in their field, there’s a growing demand for better value for money in higher education.  But a challenge for most would-be college students is how to know whether a particular college is or is not a bargain.  Like buying health care or hiring […]

Education Failing at All Levels

Here’s one way to look at the sharp drop-off in SAT scores, announced this week:  Education’s a mess wherever you are.  In other words, a university dean  might feel himself entitled to say, brusquely:  What do you expect, look what they’re sending us? The product that secondary schools are pumping into higher ed was once, […]

Teacher Says Teachers Should Teach

In an excellent article last year (“Great Courses, Great Profits”) in City Journal, Heather Mac Donald profiled The Great Courses, “a teaching company [which] gives the public what the academy no longer supplies: a curriculum in the monuments of human thought.” One popular Great Courses teacher is the historian J. Rufus Fears, a classics professor […]


The great teachers love what they’re teaching, and you can’t love something you don’t know any more than you can love someone you don’t know.–David McCullough David McCullough is of course a great American story teller, and his recent books on American history and biography–1776, John Adams, Truman–were instant classics.  And I look forward to […]

A $10K Degree in the Liberal Arts

In this year’s State of the State address, Governor Perry called for the state’s public universities to begin offering a BA with a total cost (including tuition, fees and textbooks) of $10,000, in contrast to the current rates of between $26,800 and $45,300. If we include the cost to taxpayers, the total bill at UT-Austin […]

They Came, They Saw, They Flunked

The College Board has released the SAT scores for the class of 2012. In a world of rapid change, it is reassuring to know that some things remain the same. The percentage of test takers who achieved the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark was 43%, the same as last year. In American education any […]

Bias in Higher Education

By Diane Durbin As an educational institution, college is supposed to be a place for learning and sharing ideas. Unfortunately, universities have increasingly become bastions of liberal thought, often times alienating students with more conservative points of view. Whether the class is political science or the history of music, the classroom is not the appropriate […]

Common Core: Dumbing Down “College-Ready” Students

Richard Schramm, of the National Humanities Center, had one of a long string of pro- Common Core pieces appearing recently.  I have been noticing a lot of these, especially by those in institutions that receive public funding or are supported by the Gates Foundation. I was skeptical of Common Core’s supposed “rigor” since the get-go.  […]

The College of Education Disconnect

On two occasions, I have had the opportunity to speak to the annual conference of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE), approximately 300 deans, associate deans, and curriculum directors—a tough and often hostile crowd for a reformer. My message to them for educator preparation policy was the same as I advocated […]

Anyone Should Be Free to Form a Union

An issue that has come up repeatedly is whether professors and even grad students ought to be free to form unions to bargain over their pay, benefits, and working conditions. The relevant federal law, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), is unclear. It specifies that “employees” have the right to seek unionization and collective bargaining, […]