America has oversold higher education, luring in many students who are not much interested in studying just because college degrees are perceived as necessary.

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

Elite Colleges Are Not Essential for Success

By George Leef For several weeks, the nation has been talking about the brazen college admissions scandal where wealthy people in the entertainment world and business bribed and cheated to make sure that their children were admitted into prestigious colleges. The kids couldn’t make it on their own academic abilities, so Mom and Dad resorted […]

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 […]

Reflections on the College Admissions Scam

By William Murchison Lessons abound amid the stink and squalor of the college admissions scandal: the bribes-to-admit racket uncovered by the Justice Department.  Hordes of the rich and famous in finance, Silicon Valley, and the entertainment industry saw nothing wrong and everything right about greasing palms to get their kids into prestigious colleges — never […]

College President’s Open Letter to High School Class of 2019

By Walter Wendler This has been published a number of times at spring break over the past decade. It is updated here and refreshed in its importance for the honesty and transparency required to make a good university great for a region. The third Maxim of WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World, “Build Undergraduate […]

Remembering Obama’s Unattained Goal of Increasing The Number of College Grads

By George Leef Much about the Obama years is fading from memory, including one of the former president’s first goals — to significantly increase the percentage of Americans who earned college degrees. Ten years ago, Obama declared that, in order to maintain America’s world economic leadership, it was imperative that we put many more people […]

Rethinking Pell Grants to Better Help Low-Income Students

By William Murchison The new fixation of American universities is the question: how many yearbooks exhibit white students in black face (plus, what are we going to do about something that happened a hundred years ago?)  However, in terms of racial matters, the conundrum universities really should focus on is, how do we increase graduation […]

Coordination of Higher Education in Texas

By Walter Wendler Raymund Parades, the Commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), recently announced his resignation, effective August 31, 2019. This announcement caused me to reflect on the complexity of the enterprise and the importance of the coordination among the many members if higher education is to effectively serve the aspirations of […]

Creating a non-PC University

By William Murchison Well, now, if  you want to reform  higher education — bring it into line with historic standards and expectations– you can, of course, set up the National Committee to Buy Harvard for, well, just how many billions?  More than Jeff Bezos keeps in his home safe. Or you can listen attentively to […]

The Foreign Language Slide

By Mark Bauerlein The Modern Language Association just reported an astonishing statistic. From 2013 to 2016, colleges and universities in the United States shut down fully 651 programs or offerings in foreign language fields. Students just aren’t enrolling in language classes (the major in all foreign languages combined is down more than 20 percent since […]

The (Academic) Empire Strikes Back Against Whistle-blowing Professor

By George Leef One of the biggest stories of 2018 in the academic world was the success that three academics had in getting supposedly reputable journals to publish articles they had concocted from nothing – pure hoaxes. The hoax papers made a strong case that the publication standards in the fields covered (such as gender […]