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

Part 5 of “Forgive us our debts? – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the fifth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together. In 2011, the government recouped more than $2.67 billion using these methods. If you think that seizures and garnishments are uncommon, then think again. Last year, the government collected $1.65 billion […]

Part 4 of “Forgive us our debts – Not a chance”

  Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the fourth segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Government debt collectors can seize almost any kind of asset. Perhaps one of the scariest aspects of government debt collection is the tools it can use to recoup debts, far […]

Part 3 of “Forgive us our debts? – Not a chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the third segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Last year, the U.S. Department of Education spent over $1.4 billion to hire collection agencies to hunt down these defaulters. Despite the fact that unemployment for new grads is at record […]

Part 2 of “Forgive Us Our Debts?—Not a Chance”

Editor’s Note:  Today we are running the second segment of the 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.) Nearly one in every six borrowers with a loan balance is in default. Sadly, the number of students who are already or will have to deal with debt collection on their […]

Part 1 of “Forgive Us Our Debts? – Not a Chance”

Editor’s Note:  Beginning today, we are reprinting a 15-part series on college-student-loan debt.  (Thank you to onlinecolleges.net for putting this together.)   15 Sad but True Facts about Student Loan Debt Collection by Staff Writers October 4, 2012 By now, most people have heard about the staggering amount of debt that the average college grad […]

A MODEST PROPOSAL TO CUT UNIVERSITY COSTS BY 10 PERCENT–FIRE THE DEANS!

In the last forty years, there has been a revolution in management theory, largely driven by insights of W. E. Deming and the Quality Circles model, first implemented successfully in Japan and largely responsible for the revival of Ford in the U.S.  This new model flattens the hierarchical structure of management, eliminating layers of middle-level […]

UNSUSTAINABLE HIGHER ED SPENDING

The Obama administration claims that the budget approved by the House of Representatives, authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would “slash” Pell Grant funding. The White House argues the budget would mean “students would see their Pell Grants fall by more than $1000 in 2014, and, over the next decade, over one million […]

YET ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF HOW PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES WASTE TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS

  In present economic times when the continuation of jobs and positions in higher education is uncertain, some university departments have found novel ways to ensure they will be “needed”.  A prime example is the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB was originally established to ensure that research is performed ethically and to protect the […]

Care About The Poor? Consider Consequences

On the day of the second presidential debate, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion at debate-host Hofstra University. The topic was “defusing the student loan debt bomb,” and I was the lone voice calling for an end to inflation-fueling federal student aid. My co-panelists were Tamara Draut of the think tank […]

RISING COLLEGE COSTS: FOLLOW THE MONEY

In the very earliest pure academic settings, say in ancient Athens, the salaries of instructors exactly equaled the tuition payments made by the students. I assume Socrates charged his students tuition, which he then used to cover his living expenses. Fast forwarding two thousand years, Adam Smith famously pointed out in the Wealth of Nations […]