The idea that small businesses do little to help the national economy is awash with predispositions relative to the value of smaller communities in the matrix of cause and effect relationships that paint a national economic picture. These communities and the entrepreneurism espoused and valued on “Main Street” are important components of both local and national economic power.

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

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.

Enforcement, or Aggrandizement, the Mission of New ED Unit?

Government employees are likely just as driven by self-interest as the owners of for-profit schools. And that’s why creating new government groups to investigate and accuse colleges of wrongdoing, and to do so with taxpayer dollars, is potentially a very dangerous – and unfair – thing to do.

Details, details

Tennesseans are debating the efficacy of a K-12 school voucher bill that would allow 5,000 children attending failing schools (most of which are located in and around Nashville and Memphis) to choose a private school.