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

A $10K Degree in the Liberal Arts

In this year’s State of the State address, Governor Perry called for the state’s public universities to begin offering a BA with a total cost (including tuition, fees and textbooks) of $10,000, in contrast to the current rates of between $26,800 and $45,300. If we include the cost to taxpayers, the total bill at UT-Austin […]

Anatomy of a Revolution? The Rise of the $10,000 Bachelor’s Degree

  In 2011, Governor Perry challenged Texas public higher education to develop degrees costing no more than $10,000. This year, a number of schools complied. But critics contend that these new programs attain the desired price point through tactics that do not actually reduce real costs. This criticism may miss the larger point. Until now, the debate […]

Lowering College Costs on the Margin

In an earlier blog post, I argued that the fundamental solution to the college cost problem is in the hands of students and families. They are the ones who keep saying yes to ever higher tuition and fees. They are the ones who eschew modest accommodations in favor of schools with ostentatious dormitories. They are […]

American Higher Education: Is It in Crisis?

Is American higher education in crisis?  If you mean “is higher education in an unsustainable and precarious position, which will force major changes in a fairly short time period?” I suspect the answer is yes. If, however, you mean “is higher education in imminent danger of collapse or immediate radical change,” the answer is “no.” […]

A New Model for Higher Education

Wisconsin has launched a new educational model that could well be emulated throughout the country.  On June 19, Governor Scott Walker, University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Kelly, and UW Colleges UW-Extension Chancellor Ray Cross announced a competency-based degree model that will transform higher education in Wisconsin.  Called the UW Flexible Degree, “No state […]

Prescient Lawmaker Challenges Higher Ed Groupthink

It’s been said that higher-education administrators treat regents like mushrooms: “Keep them in the dark and feed them manure.” Regrettably, some haughty administrators—in my home state of Oklahoma, higher education is known as the fourth branch of government—often treat state lawmakers the same way. Fortunately, not all lawmakers are content to stay in the dark. […]

We Have Met The Enemy and He Is Us

Pogo, the long-running comic strip by Walt Kelly, is perhaps best known for the quote “We have met the enemy and he is us.” This quote comes from an early 1970s Earth Day poster that shows Pogo looking out on a forest floor filled with garbage. Kelly’s hope, of course, was that if people realize […]