When I addressed the graduating class at Lone Star College-North Harris, I asked: “How many of you in your extended family are the first to go to college and to graduate?” About 40 percent of the audience raised their hands. That says it all.

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

Reflections of a Retiring College Trustee

By Ronald Trowbridge (pictured) My swan song as a trustee at Lone Star College I will very soon serve my final day as a trustee at Lone Star College, and I want to leave my final thoughts. Having been a teaching adjunct at the college for six years and a trustee for six, I know […]

This Texas Law Hinders Free Speech

We trustees, though, had been warned that when even at a social function we should not discuss college business ever. That restriction — censorship — is utter nonsense. It says, “Remain ignorant.”

Whoa, Nellie, on increasing college tuition

Why do universities permit this abuse? It is because they can get away with it. The university system throughout this country is an understood cartel: University A can raise tuition each year because they know universities B through Z will raise it. There’s safety in numbers.

Campus Free-Speech Disruptions Test Our Democratic Faith

On January 31, the Texas Senate’s State Affairs Committee will travel to Texas State University in San Marcos to hold a hearing to “ascertain any restrictions on Freedom of Speech rights that Texas students face in expressing their views on campus.”

This “Higher Education Council” Has Much to Learn

The signatories make the obligatory bow toward free speech and inquiry: “Higher education is a phenomenal place for minds to be challenged, to inquire, explore, discover and question the status quo,” they write. If you are expecting the next sentence to begin with the word “but,” you get a gold star.

College Tuition Inflation: An Overblown Crisis?

Gillen and Robe place no blame for this confusion on HEPI and HECA’s creators. Both indices are helpful when limited to their original purposes. Rather, the blame lies with those who seek to use these indices beyond their purposes in deceived and/or deceiving fashion.

Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee

I recently attended a panel discussion at my alma mater, the University of Texas in Austin. The topic was “Free Speech on College Campuses: Where to Draw the Line?”