The idea that small businesses do little to help the national economy is awash with predispositions relative to the value of smaller communities in the matrix of cause and effect relationships that paint a national economic picture. These communities and the entrepreneurism espoused and valued on “Main Street” are important components of both local and national economic power.

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

Regional Universities and Economic Development

By Walter Wendler All universities have economic impact on the regions and communities in which they are located. Changing views of higher education have affected the role of the university as an economic development engine. A university education is a combined public and private good, benefiting everyone in the public square while simultaneously directly benefitting […]

Rebranding the Case for the Liberal Arts

  By William Murchison It’s nice every once in a while — and maybe more often than that — to see reaffirmed the notion that higher education isn’t solely the new training ground for the realization of whatever dream Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos lay at our feet, leading to our enrichment  and enjoyment.  There […]

Good Question – Why Is College So Expensive?

By George Leef The cost of going to college keeps rising at a pace well above general inflation. Americans have been seeking explanations for that fact for years, and a recent article in The Atlantic tries to provide one. Amanda Ripley’s “Why Is College in America So Expensive?” gets some things right, but misses the […]

Learning Liberty: Congress Should Fund the “American History for Freedom” Initiative

(From forbes.com): By Thomas K. Lindsay It has been ten years since the Federal Higher Education Act was last reauthorized. Little-noticed at the time, the 2008 reauthorization added a new provision—“American History for Freedom” (AHF)—which sought to counteract the politically correct agenda that has become all the rage at too many colleges and universities. AHF would […]

Purpose and Place in Higher Education

By Walter Wendler The roots of higher education in the United States are knotted into purpose and place.  From a functional standpoint, all universities, public and private, existed for producing ministers. At Harvard, three in four graduates in the seventeenth century became working clergy. Most stayed in Massachusetts. Harvard ‘s purpose was crystallized in Samuel […]

Cornell tells students if they are ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’

(From campusreform.org): By Grace Gottschling A Cornell University student says student ambassadors were given an “orientation packet” that told them if they were “privileged” or “oppressed.” The packet categorized groups of people based on age, race, gender, gender identity, religion, and education level, to name a few.   CONTINUE READING HERE

After Public Backlash, Texas Education Will Continue to Remember The Alamo

(From forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay When I moved from Illinois to Texas, years ago, my children were still at the K-12 level. Helping my seventh-grader with her homework, I was struck by my new state’s commitment to teaching the history of Texas. Earlier this month, that commitment appeared to be wavering. But today, thanks to a […]

Harvard requests its past history of anti-Semitism be ignored in Asian-American discrimination case

(From thecollegefix.com): Harvard is trying to make sure that its past history of anti-Semitism isn’t going to affect its present as it faces charges of discrimination against Asian applicants. The Harvard Crimson reported that Students for Fair Admissions, the group that filed an ongoing lawsuit alleging Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants, intended to bring at least 12 exhibits […]

The Squeeze: Many Colleges Facing Existential Threat

By Walter Wendler The birthrate in America has been on the decline. In 2016, with slightly less than 60 births per 1000 women, a historic low was realized. This marks universities. Those most affected by decreasing birthrates will be regional campuses like West Texas A&M University. Institutions not among the elite private or the flagship […]

Voting with Their Feet

By Mark Bauerlein The unreality of many educators is often an astonishing spectacle. The University of Wisconsin has issued a draft document under the title “Program Productivity Monitoring.” The document lays out certain criteria for reviewing academic programs in the Wisconsin system.  (An “academic program” is defined as “majors approved by the Board of Regents.”)  The […]