Texans Looking for More Efficiency in Higher Ed
The Texas Public Policy Foundation has just released a survey finding that a large majority of voters in Texas think that higher education needs a jolt of efficiency. According to the survey results, 71 percent of respondents agree that public colleges and universities can improve teaching while reducing operating costs, while just 13 percent disagree.
The survey found very strong support for a policy of shifting the emphasis toward teaching and away from faculty research. Apparently, the message that much of what professors publish is of scant benefit to anyone is getting around.