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

The Real Cost Of College

When considering government support for American higher education as a whole, subsidies for colleges and universities are—even on a per-student basis and despite the enrollment explosion—greater than ever before.

Corinthian Should Just Be a Sideshow

The overall problems in higher ed dwarf proprietary schools, and no amount of anti-profit zealotry will change that. So let’s stop obsessing over what should be sideshows.

New Arizona State-edX MOOC: Another Blow To Traditional College

ASU-edX courses and low-cost microdegrees are a pincer movement against the traditional four-year degree. The combination of a for-credit transferable MOOC freshman year and the core classes offered by partnerships like Google and Coursera strike at the heart of the traditional university business model.

Higher education and private sector investment

Income share agreements would take the burden of college tuition repayment off of taxpayers and ask employers to invest more in the human capital they hope to find in the job market. That is certainly an improvement over Washington’s method of asking taxpayers for more money.

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.

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.