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

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.

A Setback for the Faculty Unionization Movement

What Professor Satre sees as her “loss” is other people’s freedom to say “no.” Her colleagues will be free to avoid any entanglement with a union they may not want and the school administrators will remain free to decide with whom to negotiate.

A New Product Line

Over the last few years, of course, the degree-granting versions of for-profits have fallen on hard times. But that doesn’t mean the sector is going away; it just means that it’s moving to a new niche.

Time to Bust the College-Accreditation Trust!

Expecting accreditation to prevent students from wasting government grant and loan money on college programs that have minimal value was a blunder. We shouldn’t rely more on accreditation, I suggest that we no longer rely on it at all.

Rubio Misses Cutting Subsidies for Student Loans

From a policy perspective, the biggest, most billowy red flag is that Rubio does not even mention eliminating, or at least substantially reducing, federal student aid. Heck, it appears he might expand it. But federal student aid is absolutely the primary problem in higher ed!

Keeping A Bad Scorecard

Higher education, with all its rankings and competition, is kind of like a sport. Well now the federal government is going to help us keep score with the College Scorecard, which promises to give all Americans “access to reliable data on every institution of higher education.”

Higher Education Reform and the Role of Government

As a former university professor and administrator, I can tell you that universities cannot be reformed from within. This means that the only alternative to change them is to somehow incentivize reform from the outside and we’re doing this through government bodies, be they state or federal.