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

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.

K-12 innovation leads to options for college students

Earlier this year, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that college graduates stand to earn more than those with just a high school diploma, with returns to the investment of earning a degree at approximately 15 percent.

Higher-Ed Tax Consumer Wages Media Blitz; Taxpayers Respond

In 2008, University of Oklahoma president David Boren endorsed Barack Obama for president. “Our most urgent task is to end the divisions in our country, to stop the political bickering, and to unite our talents and efforts,” OU’s president said at the time. “Americans of all persuasions are pleading with our political leaders to bring […]

Oklahoma Proposal Could Help Parents Save for College

Last year, I suggested that a new policy mechanism from the realm of K-12 education reform – Education Savings Accounts – could in fact give parents a head start on saving for college. Currently, Arizona is the only state with an ESA program, but Oklahoma could become the second. Two state lawmakers have introduced legislation […]

Reform the Core, Part 1: Cutting the Gordian Knot

Many universities across the country are looking hard at ways to speed more students through bachelor’s programs. For example, the University of Texas at Austin recently adopted the goal of a 70% rate for graduation in four years (up from just over 50% now) by 2016. These are worthy efforts, since they can help students […]

Part 15 of “Forgive Us Our Student-Loan Debts?—Not a Chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the last segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to for putting this together.) Loan collections have increased by 18%. The methods the government uses to get borrowers to pay on their loans seem to be working, even if the debt collection agencies that carry […]