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

Finding Purposeful Work: Can Higher Ed Help?

How can college graduates find work that not only pays but also gives them a sense of purpose? (Hint: a four-year degree isn’t the only answer.) That’s the topic of a new report by Bates College and Gallup, released in early April. “Forging Pathways to Purposeful Work: The Role of Higher Education,” is targeted at […]

Exciting Free-Speech Progress in South Dakota

On March 20, 2019, Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota signed into law the first bill in the country aimed at protecting and promoting intellectual diversity on college campuses. House Bill 1087, “An Act to promote free speech and intellectual diversity at certain institutions of higher education” received strong support from South Dakota’s House members […]

Arizona Attorney General Challenges University Mission Creep

Universities across the country abuse their nonprofit status to compete with local business. The most obvious offenders are the many hotels and conference centers funded, built, and operated by universities. Other universities go further, creating extensive business and research parks that lease office space to for-profit companies—for the ostensible purpose of “creating synergies” and improving […]

FIRE Names 2019’s Worst Universities for Free Speech

Every year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) releases a list of the worst colleges and universities in the country for free speech: schools that routinely violate the First Amendment rights of students and faculty on campus. On Tuesday, February 12, FIRE released its list for 2019. The list includes both public and […]

Generation Z Goes to College

A new report from the Chronicle of Higher Education explores the next generation of college students: Generation Z. Also called iGen or post-millennials, the new generation has different needs and interests than the Millennials that came before. “The New Generation of Students: How Colleges Can Recruit, Teach, and Serve Gen Z” is written by Jeff […]

Queen Latifah Never Finished College—So What?

According to a new commercial for Strayer University, one of Queen Latifah’s “biggest regrets” is that she never finished college. It was always one of her parents’ dreams that she would go. (You can view the commercial here.) But did Queen Latifah make the wrong decision by dropping out? Evidence points to “no.” Queen Latifah […]

Books are still best

On campus, in the media, and in academic literature, there has been a growing concern about the shrinking attention spans of modern Americans. The evidence is everywhere. Facebook ads fly by at record rates. Students ignore their professors’ lectures so they can check their text messages. And the length of news articles has dwindled so […]

Yes, There Is A Reproducibility Crisis In The Social Sciences

Since the Enlightenment, advances in science have improved the world in innumerable ways: from Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine to Norman Borlaug’s Green Revolution. Dedicated researchers and technicians have worked tirelessly and sometimes slowly, applying the scientific method to address society’s most pressing problems. Such advances require careful attention to detail and application of the scientific […]

Can Genetics Research Improve Education?

The journal Nature Genetics published a study on July 23 that has sent the education observers into an uproar. The study was a collaboration by dozens of researchers using genetic data from more than 1 million people.  The researchers identified more than 1,000 data variants that are correlated with educational attainment. But is this a […]

Textbook Prices are off the charts. Are Open Educational Resources the Answer?

A 2013 study by the Government Accountability Office revealed that the price of college textbooks rose 82 percent between 2002 and 2013, more than three times the rate of inflation. Data from the College Board put those figures into perspective: the average college student spends about $1,200 per year on books and supplies. This is […]