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

Part 14 of “Forgive us our debts? – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the fourteenth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Debt collectors are the subject of thousands of complaints every year. Debt collectors are the subject of more complaints to the FTC than any other industry. Recently, three agencies working with […]

Part 10 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the tenth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Collection agencies have little incentive to change because many receive huge commissions. Government contracts and Education Department data showed that in 2011, collection agencies working for the government earned about $1 […]

Part 11 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the eleventh segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Student loan collection contracts are gold mines for collection agencies. Debt collection agencies have pounced on the opportunity to work with the government. Some have doubled in size and are thriving, […]

Part 12 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note: Today we are running the twelfth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) The average defaulted loan is worth about $17,000. That’s not a huge amount, but it can be hefty for those who don’t have jobs and nearly insurmountable for those with health […]

Farmer Ethics and Paying for College

I did not watch the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, though I was soon thereafter made aware of the Dodge commercial featuring the late Paul Harvey and the long-lost American spirit. (Side note to ad-men: TRUTH SELLS.) It served as a personal reminder of how blessed I am to come from such a deep […]

New America’s New Entitlement

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has delivered a lot of money for ideas to make higher education more affordable. One of the many papers it funded came out of the New America Foundation last week, and the report contains lots of proposals for Gates to work with. Unfortunately, its backbone – making the Pell Grant […]

At What Cost?

The woeful irony of our crippling student debt is that through education we seek liberation from the shackles of ignorance, yet through paying for said liberation we become slaves once more. We trade pain for pain, and we do so willingly. We labor under the idea that all roads to success pass through the gates […]

Part 9 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the ninth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Debt collectors are rewarded for collecting as much of the money owed as possible regardless of the hardship that causes debtors. Debt collectors aren’t likely to explain ways for borrowers to […]

Education: A Spending Litmus Test

So the country avoided the fiscal cliff, at least one level of it. We supposedly have the tax situation settled (unless the administration demands more increases) while spending remains essentially untouched. The latter will be dealt with in the next couple of months, we’re told. I don’t believe that any real cutting will be done. […]

$10,000 College Degree Is an Idea Worth Spreading

In my home state of Oklahoma, the governor and several higher education officials have said they would like to see an increase in the number of college graduates. I’ve written elsewhere that this is not entirely a good idea. In any case, we’re still left with the problem of affordability (note the recent cover of […]