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

$1.1 Trillion Student Loan Bubble? Not So Fast

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau attracted widespread attention in 2012, shortly after total student debt passed $1 trillion. The agency warned of the “uncanny” similarities between the state of the student loan industry and that of the subprime mortgage market before the housing bubble burst.

Thinking Too Highly of Higher Ed

Now education has taken the place of housing. If a college degree always means higher wages, then everyone should get a college degree: That’s the conventional wisdom encapsulated by Obama.

2014 Election: The rest of the results

Illinoisans voted in favor of a 3 percent tax increase for millionaires in order to collect more money for schools, although this referendum was not attached to a binding proposal to raise taxes. Before residents get too excited about sticking it to the rich, they should talk to Maryland residents. In 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported that one year after passing a millionaire tax, “one-third of millionaires … disappeared from Maryland tax rolls.” In fact, tax revenue collected from state millionaires actually declined after the tax was passed.

How The ‘College-For-Everybody’ Agenda Harms Both Students And The Economy

In higher education, the vision “that everyone should go to college”—like all well-intentioned projects suffering only tenuous connections to reality—asks “too much from those at the bottom, . . . the wrong things from those in the middle, . . . and too little from those at the top.”

Are Colleges Using Their Space Wisely?

Through incentivizing universities both to maximize their use of existing space and to offer additional courses online, the Texas legislature would go no small way toward ensuring a more affordable college education for Texas students and therewith smaller student-debt loads.