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

The Newly Updated Help-That-Hurts List

For several years I have maintained an informal list of studies finding that funds from government student aid programs are in one way or another “captured” by colleges, universities, or someone other than the students whom the money is supposed to help.

Amid Campus Protests, Universities Worry About . . . Fundraising

Growing numbers of Americans now deem college costs to have exceeded the value of a bachelor’s degree. If campus unrest spreads, and administrators show themselves to be unable or unwilling to restore a rigorous learning environment on campus, how long will already-skeptical supporters continue to donate?

Explaining The College Affordability Crisis—By Blaming Its Victims

It is the people, living under the economic malaise known as the “New Normal,” who have been forced over roughly the last decade to learn to do more with less. Is it unreasonable, then, that the people might expect our universities to make the same sacrifices?

Rasputin Loan Program?

It has just been reported that Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate education committee, will move to revive Perkins for two more years.

Time to Bust the College-Accreditation Trust!

Expecting accreditation to prevent students from wasting government grant and loan money on college programs that have minimal value was a blunder. We shouldn’t rely more on accreditation, I suggest that we no longer rely on it at all.

Report: New College Grads Increasingly Believe College is Not Worth It

Brandon Busteed of Gallup is quoted as saying, “When you look at recent graduates with student loans it gets really ugly, really fast. If alumni don’t feel they’re getting their money’s worth, we risk this tidal wave of demand for higher education crashing down.”