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

Devaluation? Bubble? Surely You Jest!

A recent post in the New York Times points to the downward trend of the profitability of newly-minted M.B.A.s in today’s job market. The reasoning for this is easy enough to understand: with the economic downturn of 2008-09, more and more recent college grads sought refuge in the halls of academia, as recent grads are […]

The Texas Model of Higher Ed Reform Spreading to California?

As Texas goes, so goes the country. (From the Chronicle of Higher Education): $10,000 Bachelor’s Degree Is Proposed in California Legislation By Eric Kelderman A California state legislator is the latest elected official to push for public colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees at bargain-basement prices. . . . The legislation in California follows similar suggestions […]

Part 9 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the ninth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to for putting this together.) Debt collectors are rewarded for collecting as much of the money owed as possible regardless of the hardship that causes debtors. Debt collectors aren’t likely to explain ways for borrowers to […]


As was discussed in a previous piece, one can study just about anything at the university level, regardless of its utility thereafter. For those who are unaware, the university was once a place where students would go to sharpen their intellectually-bent minds, and to hone their craft before unleashing their gifts on the world after […]

Professor calls for assassination of NRA CEO

The taxpayer-funded University of Rhode Island’s latest offering of civility and reasoned discourse: Professor calls for assassination of NRA CEO From Campus Reform By Oliver Darcy, on Dec 17, 2012 A professor of history turned to Twitter over the weekend to call for the death of National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre, branding the […]

From The College Fix: “Obama’s New College Bailout Will Fuel Skyrocketing Tuition”

Obama’s New College Bailout Will Fuel Skyrocketing Tuition by Nathan Harden – Fix Editor on December 12, 2012 So argues Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute: We wrote earlier about perverse federal financial aid policies that encourage colleges to jack up tuition. Recently, the Obama administration came up with something even worse. It announced a new financial aid […]


According to the Census Bureau, as of 2010 there were 20.3 million students enrolled in higher education, or 5.7% of the total population. It seems that year-over-year, decade-over-decade, the number of college and university enrollment is ever on the rise. The reason for this is that these poor students have bought into the dubious claim […]


Who Will Hold Colleges Accountable? By KEVIN CAREY Published: December 9, 2012 LAST month The Chronicle of Higher Education published a damning investigation of college athletes across the nation who were maintaining their eligibility by taking cheap, easy online courses from an obscure junior college. In just 10 days, academically deficient players could earn three […]

Deaned to Death

The Troubling Dean-to-Professor Ratio By John Hechinger on November 21, 2012 J. Paul Robinson, chairman of the Purdue University faculty senate, walks the halls of a 10-story tower, pointing out a row of offices for administrators. “I have no idea what these people do,” says the biomedical engineering professor. Purdue has a $313,000-a-year acting provost […]


(Press Release courtesy of the good folks at the Council for Aid to Education) ************************************ Contact: Chris Jackson Director of Business Development, 212.217.0845 [email protected]    BILL GATES CITES THE IMPORTANCE OF CRITICAL THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING, COMPLEX REASONING, AND WRITING SKILLS   The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) is singled out by the Microsoft founder, and joins […]