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

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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 […]

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 […]

Queen Latifah Never Finished College—So What?

According to a new commercial for Strayer University, one of Queen Latifah’s “biggest regrets” is that she never finished college. It was always one of her parents’ dreams that she would go. (You can view the commercial here.) But did Queen Latifah make the wrong decision by dropping out? Evidence points to “no.” Queen Latifah […]

Good Question – Why Is College So Expensive?

By George Leef The cost of going to college keeps rising at a pace well above general inflation. Americans have been seeking explanations for that fact for years, and a recent article in The Atlantic tries to provide one. Amanda Ripley’s “Why Is College in America So Expensive?” gets some things right, but misses the […]

The Squeeze: Many Colleges Facing Existential Threat

By Walter Wendler The birthrate in America has been on the decline. In 2016, with slightly less than 60 births per 1000 women, a historic low was realized. This marks universities. Those most affected by decreasing birthrates will be regional campuses like West Texas A&M University. Institutions not among the elite private or the flagship […]

Voting with Their Feet

By Mark Bauerlein The unreality of many educators is often an astonishing spectacle. The University of Wisconsin has issued a draft document under the title “Program Productivity Monitoring.” The document lays out certain criteria for reviewing academic programs in the Wisconsin system.  (An “academic program” is defined as “majors approved by the Board of Regents.”)  The […]

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, […]

More companies dropping college degree requirement for new hires

(From foxbusiness.com) By Tracee Carrasco No degree? No problem? More and more companies are scrapping college degree requirements for jobs. They’re not saying you shouldn’t seek higher education, but not having a degree won’t be a barrier for you to work in certain jobs at their companies. Some of the 15 big companies saying “no bachelor’s […]

Universities Must Embrace New Strategies If They Hope To Survive

By Walter V. Wendler Funding for higher education is down over 20% in a few decades and continues to decrease. Institutional philanthropy designed to add dimensions of excellence to university life in support of students or simply to sustain steady quality is required. Impact Givers—Philanthropists that work to make measurable change, givers who take pride […]

West Texas A&M President Offers Solid, Post-Graduation Counsel To His Students

West Texas A&M University had its summer graduation last week, as did many universities around the nation. People are always willing to give advice to recent graduates, and I am no exception. Hold on to your hat. Don’t delay paying off student loans. Three of four graduates have educational debt and repayment should begin the […]