Author: Thomas K. Lindsay

Thomas K. Lindsay directs the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and is editor of He was deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under George W. Bush. His recent book, Investigating American Democracy, was co-authored with Gary D. Glenn (Oxford University Press).

Texas Retreats on Higher-Ed Transparency

A recent bombshell article by National Review‘s Kevin D. Williamson may elevate the impeachment proceedings against University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall to a national issue. “There is something rotten in the state of Texas,” argues Williamson in his essay, “Lone Star Lunacy“. “A regent [Wallace Hall] exposes wrongdoing at the University of Texas and […]

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Texas Leads the Way on Higher-Ed Accountability

For years, Washington has failed to make universities accountable to the students and taxpayers funding them. This failure was epitomized by the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, which forbade the Department of Education from creating a “student unit record system, an education bar code system, or any other system that tracks individual students over time.” The bill, argued the […]

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If A Is Average, Say So–
the Dawn of Honest Transcripts

A recent Harvard Crimson piece has raised eyebrows. From “Substantiating Fears of Grade Inflation, Dean Says Median Grade at Harvard College Is A-,” we learn that the estimable Harvard has done for grades what the Weimar Republic did for the mark. At Harvard, we read, the “most common grade is A.” But anyone surprised at Harvard’s hyperinflation hasn’t been paying […]

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