For a regional institution to expect the same graduation rates as the state flagship is a fool’s errand.

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

Why The Declining Public Confidence in Higher Education?

By Walter Wendler There is a shifting public perception regarding the value of universities both to society in general as a public good, and to individuals as a private good, according to a recent Gallup study. It is sad for me. I have been involved in university work of sundry kinds since 1975. Republicans, Democrats […]

New Gallup Poll Finds Unusually Large Drop in Public Confidence in Higher Ed

(From insidehighered.com): By Scott Jaschik Just under half (48 percent) of American adults have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in higher education, according to an analysis being released today by Gallup. That figure is down from 57 percent in 2015 and represents a larger than typical decline in confidence in an American institution in […]

Why Are Campus Leftists So Comfortable with Ad Hominem Attacks?

By George Leef Founded in 2008, the Center for the History of Political Economy (CHOPE) at Duke University aims to revitalize an aspect of the study of economics that is sadly in decline, namely the study of the history of economic thought. If you think it’s bad that English majors today can earn their degrees […]

‘Make them scared’ website posts uncorroborated sexual assault claims against male students

(From thecollegefix.com): By Daniel Payne A website allegedly run by University of Washington students allows individuals to publicly accuse people of sexual assault with no evidence. The website, titled “Make them scared UW,” was first registered in November of last year but reportedly launched in late September of this year by University of Washington students, the Daily […]

Peaceful SCOTUS demonstration met with violence on Texas campus

From (campusreform.org): By Adam Sabes Conservative students holding a pro-Kavanaugh demonstration at the University of Texas-Austin were met by liberal counter-protesters. One of the counter-protesters is seen in the video ripping up signs and shouting profanity.  CONTINUE READING HERE

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 […]