For a regional institution to expect the same graduation rates as the state flagship is a fool’s errand.

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

Why The Declining Public Confidence in Higher Education?

By Walter Wendler There is a shifting public perception regarding the value of universities both to society in general as a public good, and to individuals as a private good, according to a recent Gallup study. It is sad for me. I have been involved in university work of sundry kinds since 1975. Republicans, Democrats […]

New Gallup Poll Finds Unusually Large Drop in Public Confidence in Higher Ed

(From insidehighered.com): By Scott Jaschik Just under half (48 percent) of American adults have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in higher education, according to an analysis being released today by Gallup. That figure is down from 57 percent in 2015 and represents a larger than typical decline in confidence in an American institution in […]

Peaceful SCOTUS demonstration met with violence on Texas campus

From (campusreform.org): By Adam Sabes Conservative students holding a pro-Kavanaugh demonstration at the University of Texas-Austin were met by liberal counter-protesters. One of the counter-protesters is seen in the video ripping up signs and shouting profanity.  CONTINUE READING HERE

Rebranding the Case for the Liberal Arts

  By William Murchison It’s nice every once in a while — and maybe more often than that — to see reaffirmed the notion that higher education isn’t solely the new training ground for the realization of whatever dream Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos lay at our feet, leading to our enrichment  and enjoyment.  There […]

Learning Liberty: Congress Should Fund the “American History for Freedom” Initiative

(From forbes.com): By Thomas K. Lindsay It has been ten years since the Federal Higher Education Act was last reauthorized. Little-noticed at the time, the 2008 reauthorization added a new provision—“American History for Freedom” (AHF)—which sought to counteract the politically correct agenda that has become all the rage at too many colleges and universities. AHF would […]

Purpose and Place in Higher Education

By Walter Wendler The roots of higher education in the United States are knotted into purpose and place.  From a functional standpoint, all universities, public and private, existed for producing ministers. At Harvard, three in four graduates in the seventeenth century became working clergy. Most stayed in Massachusetts. Harvard ‘s purpose was crystallized in Samuel […]

After Public Backlash, Texas Education Will Continue to Remember The Alamo

(From forbes.com): By Tom Lindsay When I moved from Illinois to Texas, years ago, my children were still at the K-12 level. Helping my seventh-grader with her homework, I was struck by my new state’s commitment to teaching the history of Texas. Earlier this month, that commitment appeared to be wavering. But today, thanks to a […]

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 […]

Effective Universities Focus On Service

By Walter V. Wendler An effective leader must do everything within his or her power to create a strong organizational culture. Teamwork, knowledge of process, values shared by all workers, a clear understanding of organizational purpose, and a shared goal of attaining that purpose are the foundation for a positive culture according to Edgar Schein, […]

Think the U.S. Constitution ‘Subverts Democracy’? Think Again

(From forbes.com) By Thomas K. Lindsay For roughly the past fifty years, higher education reformers have been warning about the decline in civic education in this country. National polling consistently shows that Americans, even college graduates, are growing increasingly civically illiterate. A recent survey found that only 36% of respondents can identify the three branches of American government. […]