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

Professor X

Let me be unmistakably clear:  most college professors are conscientious, hard-working professionals.  But many are not.  I base this on extrapolation from a half dozen indolent professors I encountered in getting my Ph. D. at the University of Michigan.  Frankly, I really didn’t know how they could in good conscience take their paychecks. I illustrate […]

Educating the Educators—About How to Read

Recently, Binks-Cantrell, Washburn, Joshi, and Hougen (2012) expanded the study of teacher knowledge of basic language constructs to a new population of teachers – university instructors.  Their hypothesis was that one of the reasons many of our pre-service and in-service teachers lack the knowledge of reading constructs is because they are not receiving adequate preparation […]

Lowering College Costs on the Margin

In an earlier blog post, I argued that the fundamental solution to the college cost problem is in the hands of students and families. They are the ones who keep saying yes to ever higher tuition and fees. They are the ones who eschew modest accommodations in favor of schools with ostentatious dormitories. They are […]

Illiteracy and Teacher Preparation

Research tells us that about 40% of children will struggle with learning how to read and continue to struggle with reading throughout their lives if they never receive direct, explicit, and systematic instruction in the foundational basic language constructs of reading – including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension (National Reading Panel, 2000), as […]

Sociology and Insight into the Liberal Mind

It’s rare to find a conservative sociologist (odds are about one in thirty), but it’s even rarer to have one addressing a group like the Madison Forum in Georgia, a group named after the father of the Constitution.  As I argue in the Fall issue of Academic Questions, conservative professors need to leave their ivory […]

American Higher Education: Is It in Crisis?

Is American higher education in crisis?  If you mean “is higher education in an unsustainable and precarious position, which will force major changes in a fairly short time period?” I suspect the answer is yes. If, however, you mean “is higher education in imminent danger of collapse or immediate radical change,” the answer is “no.” […]

A Jeremiad on Higher Education

In recent years the state of higher education in the United States has come under withering fire from high-profile insiders who span the political spectrum.   The litany of complaint includes soaring costs, hyper-inflated reputations, curricular incoherence and emptiness, politicization of the classroom, thickening bureaucracy, incentivized moral turpitude inside and outside the dormitories, collapsing standards, rampant […]

A New Model for Higher Education

Wisconsin has launched a new educational model that could well be emulated throughout the country.  On June 19, Governor Scott Walker, University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Kelly, and UW Colleges UW-Extension Chancellor Ray Cross announced a competency-based degree model that will transform higher education in Wisconsin.  Called the UW Flexible Degree, “No state […]

Harvard Refocuses the MBA

Last year, the Harvard Business School announced that it is making major changes to its curriculum and that these changes, according to its marketing release, are aimed to “create leaders of competence and character, rather than just connections and credentials”.  Evidently there is a certain concern and maybe a little guilt that 58% of its […]