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

The puzzle of alumni giving

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that colleges are struggling to engage their alumni in giving campaigns. While development officers adopt new marketing strategies, evidence indicates that the source of the problem is the poor relationship that colleges develop with their students during their time on campus.

The Future College as Travel Agent

Colleges and universities continue to struggle with how to respond to online learning and other technology-based challenges to the “sage on a stage” model of education.

Slimming the College-Tuition Beast

The cost of American higher education is reaching dizzying heights. Average tuition for attending a private, nonprofit four-year college or university in 2013 was $40,917 per year, while a public four-year college cost $18,391 yearly – figures representing a five-year increase of 14 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

For-Profit Colleges: Felonies or Feeding Frenzy?

For-profit colleges have been feeling a lot of heat over the last few years, and likely some of it has been fueled by politicians driven as much by politics or ideology as concerns about a uniquely awful higher ed sector.

University Presidents, 2.0

From roughly 1980 to 2008, universities engaged in an academic arms race, funded by rapidly increasing tuition fees paid by students borrowing ever greater amounts from the federal government, along with more private donor and government support.

MOOCs and education around the world

Depending on whom you ask, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are either critical to the future of learning or not disruptive enough to affect long-term change in higher education.