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

The Top Ten Strengths of American Higher Education

By Walter Wendler This reflection was originally published on April 10, 2016. I believe it is worth a second look, and it appears here with only a few modest updates.  WVW American universities are the best in the world. This is widely recognized by experts in higher education from every nation. Fifteen of the world’s top 20 universities […]

Clicks or Bricks

By Walter Wendler With the growing pervasiveness of online and distance education opportunities (Clicks), future students will have transcripts peppered with courses from different modes of instructional delivery at different institutions. At West Texas A&M University, rarely will a student’s academic record come completely from courses taken on campus (Bricks). This “academic diversity” will become […]

Teaching Must Come First

  By Walter Wendler (Originally published on November 30, 2015.  As we begin this season of reflection, “Teaching First” is worthy of another look as we focus on the first purpose of the university and the importance of staying true to our roots.) Forward focus is essential. Over the past four decades, many faculty and university […]

The Integration of Military Service and College Study

By Walter Wendler In 1783, New York Governor George Clinton, proposed that in every state at least one public college should train people for entry into military service. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Morrill Act that said in part …the maintenance of at least one college where the leading object shall […]

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 […]

Diversity Engineering

By Mark Bauerlein The diversiphiles are desperate.  Nearly 50 years of affirmative action of various kinds still haven’t produced a sufficient critical mass of under-represented groups in the sciences.  It isn’t enough that attitudes have changed.  Whatever forms of sexist or racist biases afflicted the science faculty in 1970, they’re gone now—or so far underground […]

Report: Why Universities Lack Needed Intellectual Diversity

By William Murchison So why, if you must ask — and you probably need to, given the gravity of the matter – does the left dominate the American professoriate? Is it because liberals are smarter than anyone else? It’s – um – a bit more complicated than that and a whole lot less obvious on […]

Scholarships and Student Support

As the cost of college attendance continues to escalate, private support through both need- and merit-based scholarships is more important than ever. The sources for private giving available to students continue to multiply. Last year, in federal grant money alone, $2.9 billion was left on the table. With growing concerns regarding college costs, this is […]

Want Real Affirmative Action? Don’t Look to Harvard.

(From www.jamesgmartin.center): By Roger Ream What we see taking place in higher education is part of a larger battle for the soul of America and the soul of the rising generation of Americans. Nearly 30 years ago, those of us who are classical liberals—believers in limited government and free market capitalism—thought we had won the […]

College Readiness

By Walter Wendler When colleges are confronted regarding low six-year graduation rates (52% in Texas) and low persistence rates—the rate at which freshman continue into the second year of college (about 73% nationally), the immediate response of too many in leadership positions is to blame high schools for low college readiness marks. College readiness is […]