My hope is that institutions of higher education, large and small, graduate and undergraduate, urban and rural, will collectively embrace the need for this new strategic orientation — for their own survival and growth, as well as for the needs of a country that is dissolving into rancor and divisiveness.

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

Facing a broken business model, where can higher education go from here?

By Victor Brown Although I majored in chemistry as an undergraduate, I was a decidedly laboratory-challenged student. For everybody’s future safety, I spent my career in the chemical industry in commercial and management functions, leaving the R&D to those who were much better suited to it. However, I do recall a few fundamental chemical principles. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Regional Universities and Economic Development

By Walter Wendler All universities have economic impact on the regions and communities in which they are located. Changing views of higher education have affected the role of the university as an economic development engine. A university education is a combined public and private good, benefiting everyone in the public square while simultaneously directly benefitting […]

Six Ideas to De-Politicize the American Campus

  (From jamesgmartin.center): State legislatures are enacting laws that guarantee free speech and freedom of association, a wide variety of organizations have emerged to combat politicization, and campus goings-on are coming under greater public scrutiny. . . . [I]t certainly can’t hurt to keep the pressure on to restore open dialogue and the pursuit of truth. […]

Faculty Accountability Is Terrible—Even Students Have Better Standards

(From jamesgmartin.center): By Lou Buttino I became interested in academic accountability within the university because I had no choice: the lack of accountability I experienced at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington obligated me to act. I had become embroiled in a situation where I was morally bound to report wrongdoing. But I had no […]

College Tuition Inflation: An Overblown Crisis?

Gillen and Robe place no blame for this confusion on HEPI and HECA’s creators. Both indices are helpful when limited to their original purposes. Rather, the blame lies with those who seek to use these indices beyond their purposes in deceived and/or deceiving fashion.

Answering union critics on education savings accounts

With an [education savings] account, the state deposits a child’s funds from the state education formula into a private bank account that Melanie and Wade can use to buy educational products and services for their children. Texas lawmakers are considering making these accounts available to state families.