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

An Angel Comes to Elizabethtown College

In the early eighteenth century, a small group of German-speaking Protestant dissenters migrated from Europe across the Atlantic to rural Pennsylvania and founded the Church of the Brethren. Devoted to piety, peace, serving humanity, and the quest for God’s saving grace, its members resembled the Mennonites but, in truth, found them in the flesh a […]


I don’t know when the Supreme Court is going to issue its decision in Fisher v. Texas, but if it rules against the use of racial preferences by public institutions of higher education, there will be immense consternation in the Diversity Above All camp. A revealing example of the thinking of people in that camp […]


It was encouraging to note that the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) will soon release its national study on how Teachers Colleges do business and how their methods relate to the effectiveness of their graduates in public school districts across the country.  Letter grades A-F will be assigned, and the results will be published […]

Higher Ed Reform’s High-Wire Act

In my six years at the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy—and I’m sure it’s the same at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Higher Education—I’ve become very familiar with a frustrating dynamic that cannot be permanently solved but must be continually struggled against and balanced. We are at times fighting one battle against […]

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 […]

How to Stop Innovation in Higher Ed

It may seem clear that the higher education establishment can’t avoid change for long. It’s not only the technological challenge from online education, and perhaps existentially from “massive open online courses” MOOCs. It’s also because of the mounting pressure to rein in tuition and thus operating costs because Americans these days are demanding measurable value […]

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 […]

Another Feeble Argument for “Affirmative Action”

People who are in favor of continuing America’s obsession with group proportionality keep advancing arguments that it’s imperative for our institutions to “mirror” society. That is to say, it’s good if a group of people is composed of individuals so that it has roughly the same percentages of people “representing” blacks and Hispanics and women […]


Your tax dollars at work “University of Minnesota event to help female students achieve orgasm” (This story comes to us from the good folks at Public University Plans Event to Help Female Students Achieve Orgasm, by Oliver Darcy, January 28, 2013 The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (UMTC) is set to hold an […]

Mitch Daniels, Straight Shooter

Mitch Daniels isn’t afraid to say what needs to be said. In 2010 The Weekly Standard profiled the Indiana governor in a cover story called “Ride Along with Mitch.” Andrew Ferguson describes a scene in which the Harley-riding chief executive pulled into a McDonald’s to get some coffee. He got his coffee and moved to […]