See Thru Edu

There’s a new source for higher education information. The Texas Public Policy Foundation announced the creation of SeeThruEdu.com, an online publication about higher education policy. According to the organization’s Web site:

SeeThruEdu’s contributors are some of the nation’s best and most experienced scholars and thinkers regarding higher education. They are passionate about reforming higher education because it is vitally important and it is in poor shape: it costs more to send two children to college than to buy a new house, student debt is soaring along with tuition, and student learning outcomes are increasingly not worth the money thrown at the system.

SeeThruEdu.com also champions the case for collegiate civic education, because higher education, to be true to its name, must be more than job training. It must also instruct students in the political, moral, and philosophic foundations of the democratic republic in which they find themselves and of which they shall in time become the leaders. In accord with this, we share Jefferson’s conviction that any nation that expects to be both “ignorant and free . . . expects what never was and never will be.”

That’s sort of a straw man. What nation says it expects this? But whatever. The Texas Public Policy Foundation, readers may recall, is the conservative think tank behind Texas Governor Rick Perry’s efforts to treat Texas public colleges like “businesses”, with customers and bottom lines.

Writers include Ohio University’s Richard Vedder (the guy who thinks too many people are going to college) and Emory University’s Mark Bauerlein (he’s the one who argues professors do irrelevant research).

What, the Pope Center on Higher Education Policy wasn’t providing the world with enough good content?

Check out the new publication here.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer