“The greatest risk you face is an institutionalized system, with each college or university grasping for its own ends without regard to the needs of the people of the whole state, and perhaps without being aware of those needs.” He suggested to these tenderfoot higher education leaders, “You should leave politics to the politicians and administration to the administrators.”

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

Coordination of Higher Education in Texas

By Walter Wendler Raymund Parades, the Commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), recently announced his resignation, effective August 31, 2019. This announcement caused me to reflect on the complexity of the enterprise and the importance of the coordination among the many members if higher education is to effectively serve the aspirations of […]

Creating a non-PC University

By William Murchison Well, now, if  you want to reform  higher education — bring it into line with historic standards and expectations– you can, of course, set up the National Committee to Buy Harvard for, well, just how many billions?  More than Jeff Bezos keeps in his home safe. Or you can listen attentively to […]

Can the Traditional College Model Survive?

By Walter Wendler As we begin 2019, anyone involved in higher education, student or family member, spouse or friend, high school principal or daycare worker, instructor or president, knows things are changing at universities. Whether a public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit, online or on-campus, universities are in flux. And this broth of changing forces […]

Aren’t Veterans an ‘Underrepresented’ Group that Would Add ‘Diversity’?

By George Leef Nearly all of America’s premier colleges and universities grandly state that they are dedicated to “diversity and inclusiveness.” They have established administrative bureaucracies bearing names like “Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” and pride themselves on their success in recruiting students from groups that have been historically “underserved” by higher education. How […]

A New Initiative Looks To Save Failing Students — and Their Colleges

(From www.forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay During my years as a college administrator and faculty member, I was saddened each winter break to learn just how many of our seniors were not on target for graduation in the spring. This is, unfortunately, a fairly a common problem. Complete College America reports that the average time to a bachelor’s […]

Facing a broken business model, where can higher education go from here?

By Victor Brown Although I majored in chemistry as an undergraduate, I was a decidedly laboratory-challenged student. For everybody’s future safety, I spent my career in the chemical industry in commercial and management functions, leaving the R&D to those who were much better suited to it. However, I do recall a few fundamental chemical principles. […]

Texas Takes The Next Step To Make College More Affordable

(From forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay In 2011, then-Texas Governor Rick Perry called on the Lone Star State’s public four-year universities to craft affordable bachelor’s degrees, what the Governor labeled at the time, “$10,000 degrees.” Texas universities have risen to the challenge. In late 2013, the first Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree was launched by Texas A&M-Commerce and […]

How Colleges Can Better Serve Their Students

By Vic Brown During the time I spent teaching at a liberal arts college, the school president liked to say that every decision the college made had to be one that would support student achievement. It was a noble sentiment, but perhaps college administrators and trustees need to now ask themselves a very different question: […]

Can Families in Your State Take Full Benefit of 529 Savings Plans?

In September, we wrote here that some state lawmakers had work to do in order for families to make the most of their personal savings for their child’s education. This week, a new Heritage Foundation report provides an updated state-by-state analysis of what’s happening with federal law, state laws, and families’ attempts to save for private K-12 […]

The Integration of Military Service and College Study

By Walter Wendler In 1783, New York Governor George Clinton, proposed that in every state at least one public college should train people for entry into military service. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Morrill Act that said in part …the maintenance of at least one college where the leading object shall […]