Strong organizations put energy where service occurs. Strong universities do the same.

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

Effective Universities Focus On Service

By Walter V. Wendler An effective leader must do everything within his or her power to create a strong organizational culture. Teamwork, knowledge of process, values shared by all workers, a clear understanding of organizational purpose, and a shared goal of attaining that purpose are the foundation for a positive culture according to Edgar Schein, […]

More companies dropping college degree requirement for new hires

(From foxbusiness.com) By Tracee Carrasco No degree? No problem? More and more companies are scrapping college degree requirements for jobs. They’re not saying you shouldn’t seek higher education, but not having a degree won’t be a barrier for you to work in certain jobs at their companies. Some of the 15 big companies saying “no bachelor’s […]

Universities Must Embrace New Strategies If They Hope To Survive

By Walter V. Wendler Funding for higher education is down over 20% in a few decades and continues to decrease. Institutional philanthropy designed to add dimensions of excellence to university life in support of students or simply to sustain steady quality is required. Impact Givers—Philanthropists that work to make measurable change, givers who take pride […]

West Texas A&M President Offers Solid, Post-Graduation Counsel To His Students

West Texas A&M University had its summer graduation last week, as did many universities around the nation. People are always willing to give advice to recent graduates, and I am no exception. Hold on to your hat. Don’t delay paying off student loans. Three of four graduates have educational debt and repayment should begin the […]

An Alternative Remedy to the Debt Crisis: Use Points to Payoff Student Loans

By John Carroll The student loan debt crisis seems intractable. Students can’t make payments and it’s likely the $1.5T balance will never be repaid. The debt is simply too big. To solve the problem, researchers at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College proposed a one-time student loan forgiveness program. The Education Department could simply […]

Changes are here for K-12, college savings plans

College students will be heading back to campus in a few weeks, and a nontrivial consideration for students and parents will be how to pay for tuition in the fall. But recent changes to federal tax law may affect how millions of families consider K-12 and postsecondary options in the future. In 2017, Washington lawmakers […]

Reading, Writing, and . . . Football

By William Murchison Where do you go to spend $7.5 million a year?, is a question most Americans would like to face.  Now all they have to do is scope out Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M’s new football generalissimo, hired for $75 million, spread over 10 years: the biggest contract ever awarded a football coach. But, […]

Reflections of a Retiring College Trustee

By Ronald Trowbridge (pictured) My swan song as a trustee at Lone Star College I will very soon serve my final day as a trustee at Lone Star College, and I want to leave my final thoughts. Having been a teaching adjunct at the college for six years and a trustee for six, I know […]

Textbook Prices are off the charts. Are Open Educational Resources the Answer?

A 2013 study by the Government Accountability Office revealed that the price of college textbooks rose 82 percent between 2002 and 2013, more than three times the rate of inflation. Data from the College Board put those figures into perspective: the average college student spends about $1,200 per year on books and supplies. This is […]