See Thru Edu is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation

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

Keeping A Bad Scorecard

Higher education, with all its rankings and competition, is kind of like a sport. Well now the federal government is going to help us keep score with the College Scorecard, which promises to give all Americans “access to reliable data on every institution of higher education.”

The next frontier in education: Transforming 529 college savings plans

529 plans’ uses should be broader and allow families to save for K-12 expenses and job training expenses after college and graduate school. We should be able to learn and save money in order to improve our skills using a 529 account at any point in our lives.

Let Perkins Die

just because you are small, or even if you are skewed toward wealthier, private institutions, does not mean higher education lobbyists want you to go away. No, all money is good money if spent on “education”!

The Opportunity Costs of Higher Education

When six or seven percent of the entire American population is in college, that means a significant reduction in work effort occurs because otherwise highly productive persons in the physical prime of their lives are only lightly utilized in making things or providing services.

Higher Education’s Faulty Economics: How We Got Here

We can see the destructive effects of the college-for-all agenda when we look more closely at each of the elements of our higher-education crisis mentioned above—affordability, debt, and poor student learning.

Glittery Debt Perspective

I’m sorry, but having debt in exchange for an education that is supposed to enable one to earn a great deal more over a lifetime, without an obligation to furnish years of unpaid service to the lender, is not indentured servitude.

Purdue preparing novel way to fund college

Call it what you will, but Purdue University is rethinking financial aid after the nation’s class of 2015 was named the most indebted in United States history.

A Smarter Approach to College Textbooks

As a professor, I am troubled by declines in the effort many in my classes are willing to put into doing the reading I assign. But as an administrator, I also recognize students’ concerns with scoring high grades, juggling internships and part-time jobs, and minimizing expenses.

The Federal Government as a Predatory Lender

The evidence is pretty clear that our government meets all the qualifications as a predatory lender. This is just one more episode of a system of perverse market incentives instituted by government that will not end well.