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Friday, January 10 • 11:10am - 12:20pm
The Crisis of Poor Student Learning

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The landmark national study, Academically Adrift, shocked the higher-ed world when it demonstrated that today 36 percent of students, after four years invested in college,  show little to no increase in fundamental academic skills (critical thinking, complex reasoning, and clear writing). These findings are based on students’ performance on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA). This panel will consider the following recommendation: Require all Texas public colleges and universities to administer the CLA to all students during their freshman and senior years, and publicize the results.

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Dr. Thomas Lindsay

Director of the Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Tom Lindsay, Ph.D., is director of the Foundation’s Center for Higher Education. He has more than two decades’ experience in education management and instruction, including service as a dean, provost, and college president. In 2006, Lindsay joined the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) staff as director of the agency’s signature initiative, We the People. He was named Deputy Chairman and COO of the NEH in... Read More →

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Dr. Steven Balch

Director, Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, Texas Tech University
Dr. Stephen H. Balch became the director of The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization  | in September 2012. Before coming to Texas Tech, Dr. Balch served for twenty-five years as  | founding president and chairman of the National Association of Scholars (NAS), a Princeton,  | New Jersey based organization of higher education professionals dedicated to the traditional  | principles of liberal arts education... Read More →
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Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig

Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning, University of Texas at Austin
Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He is currently an Associate  | Professor of Educational Policy and Planning and African and African Diaspora Studies (by  | courtesy) at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for  | Mexican American Studies and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies  | at the University of Texas at Austin. Since... Read More →
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Dr. Robert Koons

Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
Rob Koons is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught since 1987. Koons specializes in metaphysics, philosophical logic and philosophy of religion. He is the author of two books, Paradoxes of Belief and Realism Regained, and the co-editor of the The Waning of Materialism (Oxford University Press, 2010). Koons earned a B. A. in philosophy at Michigan State, a B.A. with First Class Honours in Philosophy... Read More →
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Dr. Richard Vedder

Director, Center for College Affordability and Productivity
Richard Vedder is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University, Director of the Center for  | College Affordability and Productivity and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.  | Dr. Vedder has written widely on American economic history, authoring such books as Out of Work:  | Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America and The American Economy in Historical  | Perspective. He... Read More →

Friday January 10, 2014 11:10am - 12:20pm
Capitol Ballroom A

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