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

GMU Law School’s Founding Dean, Henry Manne, R.I.P.

One of Manne’s most insightful contributions, made in an obscure essay in the 1970s, has largely gone unnoticed, and it is profoundly important to higher education. Henry thought most of the distinction between “for profit” and “not-for-profit” education was devoid of meaning.

One More Reason College Is So Expensive

Another factor explaining students’ failure to graduate in four years has nothing to do with their intelligence or motivation, and everything to do with the failure of our colleges and universities to keep up their end of the bargain.

Is it disastrous for states to decrease their college subsidies?

After careful analysis, Vedder concluded that there was a small negative correlation between state spending on higher education and economic growth. So it’s entirely reasonable to spend less on colleges to free up money for more beneficial uses.

Expert: Most U.S. College Freshmen Read At 7th-Grade Level

Many colleges are not demanding a college level reading experience for incoming freshmen. “Nor are they sending a signal to the nation’s high schools that high school level reading is needed for college readiness.”

The Biggest Man on Campus

Make no mistake about it, if Jim Harbaugh returns Michigan to gridiron glory he — like Krzyzewski at Duke — will report to no one at the University of Michigan except himself.

Obama To Promote Little Schools That Can’t?

What is politically appealing about community colleges is that they are relatively cheap to students, and, of course, they are officially nonprofit, which means they must be pure as the driven snow. But the completion data simply don’t justify a loving embrace of these schools, and policy will only ultimately be successful if it is grounded in reality.

Now, here is something to wake up trustees

You’ll find out that there is a problem with faculty not teaching all that many courses. You will learn that the process of searching for a president—the board’s most fundamental responsibility—is full of traps, and that the reliance on an executive search firm often leads to neglect of the board’s responsibility.