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

The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much

A major factor driving increasing costs is the constant expansion of university administration. According to the Department of Education data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009.

The impending surge for the University of Everywhere

Carey doesn’t say that colleges will become a thing of the past, but that the survivors will be those paying far more attention to student learning. One such school he points to is the University of Minnesota-Rochester, which gives its students a no-frills, no-nonsense, affordable education for a medical career.

Death Spiral or Not, Law Schools Won’t Change

“Law schools are run by the faculty for the faculty,” she says. Quite so. And legal scholarship – all those law review articles that professors slave over, leaving them little time for students? She writes, “The value of legal scholarship, which is rarely read, has its skeptics, among them Chief Justice John Roberts.”

In The Matter of Sweet Briar College

There is an amazing failure of imagination here—rooted in the institutional liberalism pervasive in higher ed—and a terrific opportunity for an educational entrepreneur.

Using Humor to Enlighten Americans about the Higher-Ed Bubble

It is starting to dawn on people that the cost of college is far out of line with any educational or financial benefits. That has the higher education establishment very worried. Even with the political efforts intended to keep the bubble inflated, more and more people are thinking about alternatives to the typical college degree.