The football program is the decoy. That’s what first makes a lot of people want to see what the university is about."

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

Reading, Writing, and . . . Football

By William Murchison Where do you go to spend $7.5 million a year?, is a question most Americans would like to face.  Now all they have to do is scope out Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M’s new football generalissimo, hired for $75 million, spread over 10 years: the biggest contract ever awarded a football coach. But, […]

Reflections of a Retiring College Trustee

By Ronald Trowbridge (pictured) My swan song as a trustee at Lone Star College I will very soon serve my final day as a trustee at Lone Star College, and I want to leave my final thoughts. Having been a teaching adjunct at the college for six years and a trustee for six, I know […]

Textbook Prices are off the charts. Are Open Educational Resources the Answer?

A 2013 study by the Government Accountability Office revealed that the price of college textbooks rose 82 percent between 2002 and 2013, more than three times the rate of inflation. Data from the College Board put those figures into perspective: the average college student spends about $1,200 per year on books and supplies. This is […]

It’s No Wonder Students Can’t Pay Their Debts–Colleges Blur Loan Requirements

A new report by New America and uAspire concludes that financial aid award letters are often too confusing to be useful to prospective students. The report, entitled “Decoding the Cost of College: The Case for Transparent Financial Aid Award Letters” lambasted award letters for obfuscating useful information about loans. It concluded, “award letters lack consistency […]

When The Higher-Ed Business Model Meets Economic Reality

(By William Murchison): Follow the money, goes the time-honored advice about learning why so-and-so does such-and-such. Accordingly, economics professor Douglass Webber of Temple University followed the money – specifically comparing the sums state and local government formerly poured into higher education with the government money presently flowing into it. Bad news.  That is, if you’re […]

What everyone’s afraid to say about college and jobs

  (From www.foxnews.com): Interview of John Stossel: Today, all Americans are told, “Go to college!” President Obama said, “College graduation has never been more valuable.” But economist Bryan Caplan says that most people shouldn’t go.  CONTINUE READING HERE

Disruptive Innovation Proceeds Apace in Higher Ed: TEL Library Content Now Available to Learners Anytime, Anywhere

(Note from Tom Lindsay: SeeThruEdu has long argued for the need for innovation in higher education. Accordingly, we inform our readers when promising innovations surface. Enjoy): (TEL Library Press Advisory): Online Library Offers Free Lessons, Affordable Textbooks and Courses on a Wide Range of Subjects Oklahoma City, Okla. – May 8, 2018. TEL Library, a non-profit whose […]

New Report: The U.S. Student-Loan Debt Crisis Is Even Worse Than We Thought

  (From Forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay Last year, in these pages, I reported that, on January 13, 2017 (just one week before the Obama administration exited DC), the Obama Department of Education released a memorandum confessing that it had “overstated student loan repayment rates at most colleges and trade schools.” The “updated numbers” provided by the […]

Yes, Markets Work In Higher Education

(By John Carroll) University of Wisconsin Stevens Point succumbed to market pressures and is abandoning the notion that they can survive as a traditional liberal arts college. They are eliminating majors, and probably faculty too. Students simply aren’t buying what they’re selling. Rather than mourning the loss, we should celebrate the transformation.  Markets work, even […]

An Army of Low-Level Administrators

In 2010, Jay P. Greene released an eye-opening report, “Administrative Bloat at American Universities: The Real Reason for High Costs in Higher Education.” He wrote: “Between 1993 and 2007, the number of full-time administrators per 100 students at America’s leading universities grew by 39 percent, while the number of employees engaged in teaching, research or […]