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

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.”

Small Loans, Big Problem

Almost 90 percent of students who defaulted left college with debt but no degree or certificate, according to the report. And roughly 60 percent of the defaulters were students who earned fewer than 15 college credits.

Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors

The findings confirm that the problems with American higher education are not mere blemishes, but deep wounds. In particular, the federal student loan program is something of a fiscal disaster, and obtaining a college education is a riskier investment than previously portrayed.