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

The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone

Thanks to tenure, I have a dream job for life. Personally, I have no reason to lash out at our system of higher education. Yet a lifetime of experience, plus a quarter century of reading and reflection, has convinced me that it is a big waste of time and money.

This “Higher Education Council” Has Much to Learn

The signatories make the obligatory bow toward free speech and inquiry: “Higher education is a phenomenal place for minds to be challenged, to inquire, explore, discover and question the status quo,” they write. If you are expecting the next sentence to begin with the word “but,” you get a gold star.

The Columnist on College

At this point, it is impossible to speak honestly about higher education and politics without acknowledging widespread anti-conservative bile. Identity politics are too strong and severe and, most important of all, broadly publicized to be denied. So, liberal commentators such as Rampell just ignore them.

College Tuition Inflation: An Overblown Crisis?

Gillen and Robe place no blame for this confusion on HEPI and HECA’s creators. Both indices are helpful when limited to their original purposes. Rather, the blame lies with those who seek to use these indices beyond their purposes in deceived and/or deceiving fashion.

Et tu, Engineering?

With so much of the humanities and social sciences badly infected with nutty notions, isn’t it comforting to know that a few solid bastions of common sense and academic rigor remain?

Course Evaluations Are Useless, At Best

If university faculty does not read course evaluations, then students are continuously putting time and energy into a bold-faced lie. If university faculty does read course evaluations, then good professors—the taskmasters who refuse to inflate grades and who push their students to achieve success—suffer.

The Habit of Trying

Researchers studied how students in the United States and in China would respond to a cash performance incentive. That the paid American students tried harder is an unsurprising conclusion. But here’s the disheartening part: The bribe made no difference to the Chinese students. They tried their best with or without money.