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

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.

Mark Cuban: This is just the start of the college implosion

A few years ago, Cuban bought the domain “collegedebt.com,” which publishes a live update of how much college loan debt is held by students. The total is just over $1.3 trillion. This debt ultimately will outweigh most of the potential benefit you’re getting from the college education, Cuban said.

Governor Abbott’s Higher-Education Agenda

The dedication of funding for attracting top researchers is a good idea that seems compatible with the ETF mission, and I would allocate even more than the 50% the Governor proposes, possibly all of it.

America’s Law School Cartel

Like it or not, law schools face real business challenges. Demand has declined every year since 2010—not just a little but by nearly 40 percent. The same number of law schools have 33,000 fewer prospective customers than they had five years ago.

Professors Resist Higher Education Innovation

College and university administrators whose institutions exist to educate—share information with students—believe it’s “critical” to use the greatest system for delivering information ever devised by man, but they’re getting resistance from employees who’d rather cling to the old-fashioned way

Needed: A Better Measure of College Learning than “Seat Time”

Fortunately, despite Carnegie’s hesitation there are other developments indicating that the credit hour’s days may be numbered. Some institutions, such as Western Governors University, have for several years offered degree programs based on competency measures.

Gov. Scott Walker to Univ. of Wisconsin: Teach More

If pushed by restrained appropriations and tuition revenue, UW might do the unthinkable: unwind some of the vast administrative bureaucracy; push professors to teach more; eliminate expensive graduate programs with few enrolled students . . . promote cost-saving technologies; and . . . use facilities more productively for more hours per year.

Why College Textbooks Cost So Much

“During the past 30 years, there has been an explosion of student-loan debt. Students rarely pay for books out of pocket and instead roll it into their financial aid-package. So a $250 textbook is now being paid back over decades.”