If public universities do not reinstitute classrooms as places of exploration, and set the example for the student body of civil discourse, high-school graduates will continue to seek the superior ROI for higher education at private universities like DBU.

See Thru Edu is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation

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

Yes, Some Campuses Continue To Protect Free Speech

By Karoline Ott Too many public universities continue to restrict campus free speech, and private universities are buckling under the pressure to fit in with this latest trend in higher education. Just last year, Middlebury came under fire when they re-evaluated their free speech policies after a visit from Charles Murray enraged leftist students, who […]

Reading, Writing, and . . . Football

By William Murchison Where do you go to spend $7.5 million a year?, is a question most Americans would like to face.  Now all they have to do is scope out Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M’s new football generalissimo, hired for $75 million, spread over 10 years: the biggest contract ever awarded a football coach. But, […]

Congress Seeks To Fix Our Broken Higher Education System

(From forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay Today, college students are saddled with more student loan debt than ever before in American history. The average student loan debt for 2017 graduates was over $39,000, which is a six percent uptick from 2016. Students owe nearly $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. According to the website, StudentLoanHero.com, student loan debt now runs […]

Against the Numbers

By Mark Bauerlein Why would selective colleges no longer require all or part of the SAT and ACT exams for admissions? Lots of them have made the decision to eliminate the writing portion of the exams in a remarkably short period of time—Stanford, Princeton, etc.—showing just how carefully schools monitor one another’s admissions practices and […]

Reflections of a Retiring College Trustee

By Ronald Trowbridge (pictured) My swan song as a trustee at Lone Star College I will very soon serve my final day as a trustee at Lone Star College, and I want to leave my final thoughts. Having been a teaching adjunct at the college for six years and a trustee for six, I know […]

AAUP calls campus free speech bills a ‘right-wing’ conspiracy

(From campusreform.org): By Tory Airaksinen The American Association of University Professors, which has chapters on more than 500 campuses, is calling on its members to fight against legislation designed to protect free speech on college campuses. According to the AAUP, bills mandating penalties for infringing on free speech or forbidding the cancellation of controversial speakers are […]

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 […]

The Trump Administration Moves Away from Racial Preferences

By George Leef A large part of President Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington consists of revoking previous regulations that advanced leftist ideas about the economy and education. During the Obama years, the Departments of Education and Justice prodded colleges and universities to use race-conscious admission policies in order to achieve more diversity. […]