What Obama didn’t realize or wouldn’t say was that large numbers of college graduates were working at jobs that called for nothing more than a basic high school education plus the willingness to learn. College degrees were no guarantee of the knowledge and skills people needed to obtain jobs where there was high demand. The notion that a country can lift itself up just by putting more people through college was akin to the notion that a country can become prosperous just by printing up money.

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

Remembering Obama’s Unattained Goal of Increasing The Number of College Grads

By George Leef Much about the Obama years is fading from memory, including one of the former president’s first goals — to significantly increase the percentage of Americans who earned college degrees. Ten years ago, Obama declared that, in order to maintain America’s world economic leadership, it was imperative that we put many more people […]

Texas Flagship Universities Fly the Flag for Freedom of Speech on Campus Campuses

(From Forbes.com) By Tom Lindsay In January, Texas A&M University became the Lone Star State’s sole university to receive the highest possible rating for its protection of the First Amendment on campus. At the same time, it appears that the University of Texas System is considering taking its own principled stand for freedom through adopting the University of […]

The Case Against Giving to Your Alma Mater

By George Leef Many successful Americans think that they have some moral obligation to “give back” some of their wealth to the college or university from which they graduated.  Maybe they have fond memories of their years on campus; maybe they think that higher education in general needs and deserves support; maybe they hardly think […]

Rethinking Pell Grants to Better Help Low-Income Students

By William Murchison The new fixation of American universities is the question: how many yearbooks exhibit white students in black face (plus, what are we going to do about something that happened a hundred years ago?)  However, in terms of racial matters, the conundrum universities really should focus on is, how do we increase graduation […]

New Cake, Old Recipe

By Walter Wendler When Clark Kerr unveiled A Master Plan for Higher Education in California in 1960, it was heralded as a stroke of genius. And it was. Kerr went to the capitol in Sacramento requesting unparalleled financial support to build scientific prowess. He won the arguments, in part, because California Community Colleges were open […]

Case Challenges the Monopoly Power of Faculty Unions

By George Leef A series of recent decisions by the Supreme Court has eroded the power of public-sector unions to coerce workers they claim to represent. Most significantly, last year’s decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees held that the First Amendment prevents public unions from forcing workers to pay […]

Coordination of Higher Education in Texas

By Walter Wendler Raymund Parades, the Commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), recently announced his resignation, effective August 31, 2019. This announcement caused me to reflect on the complexity of the enterprise and the importance of the coordination among the many members if higher education is to effectively serve the aspirations of […]

The Real ‘White Rose’ Resistance

By Cliff Porter During World War II, the White Rose was a group of medical students at the University of Munich who rejected the evil of Nazism in the name of spiritual freedom and free will and thus determined to resist the Nazi regime.  The symbolism of the White Rose has since been expropriated by […]

Education is the only antidote to prejudice

By Ronald Trowbridge Prejudice–that is, myopic prejudging–is often more the rule than exception in politics.  G. K. Chesterton wisely observed that something can be so big that many do not see it—or only half see it.  They thus judge partially and unfairly.  I cite three recent examples. One, a restaurant owner in San Mateo, California […]

Creating a non-PC University

By William Murchison Well, now, if  you want to reform  higher education — bring it into line with historic standards and expectations– you can, of course, set up the National Committee to Buy Harvard for, well, just how many billions?  More than Jeff Bezos keeps in his home safe. Or you can listen attentively to […]