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

IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE GETS AN A

(Editor’s Note: This is the third installment by an anonymous student at the University of Texas at Austin.  SeeThruEdu has verified that he is in fact a current UT student.) I have found the perfect university, and it is right here in Texas! It’s a fantastical place where the Tower is always orange, the sun […]

THE ONE-CLICK WAY TO AN EASY A

(Editor’s Note: This is the second piece published on grade inflation by a UT student requesting, for obvious reasons, anonymity.  SeeThruEdu.com has confirmed that he is in fact a current UT student.) MyEdu is a website that advises students which college courses to take. It is not unique in this respect. Many popular websites offer […]

Part 10 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the tenth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Collection agencies have little incentive to change because many receive huge commissions. Government contracts and Education Department data showed that in 2011, collection agencies working for the government earned about $1 […]

THIS WEEK’S SIGN OF THE HIGHER-ED APOCALYPSE

Speaking of sick jokes, we found this, courtesy of The Daily Caller: “America’s acute comedian shortage has been a familiar embarrassment for years. Hilarity experts have fretted that this great nation isn’t producing enough stand-up comics to sustain our historical humor edge over naturally funny rivals such as Poland and Great Britain. Nightclub owners, people […]

Part 11 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the eleventh segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Student loan collection contracts are gold mines for collection agencies. Debt collection agencies have pounced on the opportunity to work with the government. Some have doubled in size and are thriving, […]

Part 12 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note: Today we are running the twelfth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) The average defaulted loan is worth about $17,000. That’s not a huge amount, but it can be hefty for those who don’t have jobs and nearly insurmountable for those with health […]

“JUST GET THEM THROUGH (COLLEGE)!”

Have you ever read any history of World War One? It truly was a needless conflict. The human collateral damage was both stratospheric and unnecessary, not to mention the lingering effects and unintended consequences (Treaty of Versailles?). Upon reading said history, one thing becomes painfully clear – there was no strategy involved. There was no […]

School for Scandal: How Universities Help Their Students Shop for Easy Classes

(Editor’s Note: This piece was submitted by a UT student requesting, for obvious reasons, anonymity.  SeeThruEdu.com has confirmed that he is in fact a current UT student.) Some readers of the Austin-American Statesman were shocked to read that “approximately 43 percent of all college grades today are A’s, an increase of 28 percentage points since […]

Quality Before Quantity

It may seem counter-intuitive to suggest that too many students are going to college. It may seem elitist, discriminatory, foolish, or just ignorant. The truth, however, is that easy money and easy grades have made it far too, well, easy to get into college. It is important to understand that every decision has a cost. […]

Farmer Ethics and Paying for College

I did not watch the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, though I was soon thereafter made aware of the Dodge commercial featuring the late Paul Harvey and the long-lost American spirit. (Side note to ad-men: TRUTH SELLS.) It served as a personal reminder of how blessed I am to come from such a deep […]