What if Public Higher Education was Nationalized?

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute With all the talk about increasing the number of students gaining access to a higher education in a way that is either free or more affordable than currently offered, it is perhaps worth a dialogue about whether state governments are the appropriate vehicle to house the public higher education system. This is not to … Continue reading What if Public Higher Education was Nationalized?

There He Goes Again: Student Loan Forgiveness and Senator Sanders

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute I’m a broken record. I admit it. I’ve written about this issue several times recently. Some of our readers may suggest that one more time is far too many, but I simply cannot help myself because Bernie Sanders has struck again. Yesterday, Senator Sanders, who is, for a second time, running for the Democratic … Continue reading There He Goes Again: Student Loan Forgiveness and Senator Sanders

You Can’t Handle the Truth! When High Profile TV-Types Get the Story Wrong on Education and the Workforce

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scientist, Educational Policy InstituteListen to today’s Swail Letter on iTunes and Soundcloud. I keep a TV on in the office on most days, switching channels depending on the discussion at hand, typically leaving it in mute and sometimes switching to the NHL Channel for a few minutes. Everyone has their vices. Mine are politics and hockey. Yesterday, I was … Continue reading You Can’t Handle the Truth! When High Profile TV-Types Get the Story Wrong on Education and the Workforce

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute I initially posted this piece in 2007. I spent much of the weekend reviewing old posts and putting them into the archives section of The Swail Letter site for posterity. I think and hope you find this of particular interest today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. From January 12, 2007 It seems appropriate, as we … Continue reading The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Texas College Dilemma: How Big? How Much?

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute The San Antonio Express-News wrote an opinion yesterday on the expansion of higher education in Texas. Senate Bill 828, which failed earlier this year, would give authority to expand higher education campuses to meet the growth and needs of the state. As noted by the state’s higher education commission, Raymund Paredes, building new facilities … Continue reading The Texas College Dilemma: How Big? How Much?