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Stuart Dorsey
Stuart Dorsey is president of Texas Lutheran University. He has a practical and academic interest in the economics of higher education, having previously been a professor of economics, department chair, dean, and academic vice president. Dorsey’s career also includes three years as the staff economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance under Chairman Bob Dole.

Entries by Stuart Dorsey

Rating Colleges

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 11:52 AM

Along with baseball and romance, spring means it's time for parents and students to get serious about college search. College is a big investment and the financial and personal payoff to making the right choice is huge. However, choosing among the literally thousands of universities that vary in size, academics,...

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Winter Graduation

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Last month I presided over winter graduation. December commencement is relatively new to the academic calendar. Most universities used to hold ceremonies only in the spring, as the official climax of the academic year. But the tremendous growth over the past quarter century of so-called "nontraditional" degree programs for working...

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Chalk Dust

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 3:50 PM

In a post last spring, I wrote about returning to the classroom after an absence of 10 years. As August approached, I began to have second thoughts. My schedule at the start of a new academic year always is packed, including a "state of the university" address to the faculty...

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National Labor Relations Board vs. NCAA

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 2:09 PM

It is not surprising that a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board has given preliminary approval for a union to represent Northwestern University football players. The reasoning is that players are more revenue-generating employees than they are student-athletes. That thinking also is not surprising, though less compelling at...

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Back to School

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 11:56 AM

My friend and colleague, Gordon Kingsley, said that while he was president of William Jewell College he continued to teach regularly, "until I had to give up that folly." He meant, I think, that the time demands of his job made it impossible to meet his own high standards, and...

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Is the College Business Model Really Broken?

(9) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 5:46 PM

When I entered graduate school four decades ago, I had no idea that one day I would be applying my economics training as a university president. Unfortunately, an advanced degree doesn't provide easy solutions to the challenging economics facing private higher education. But economics is a valuable tool in clarifying...

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(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Next to commencement, homecoming is the most hectic weekend for a college president and spouse. There are class reunions, receptions, the pep rally, parade, generally culminating in The Big Game. A variety of other events often are thrown in to take advantage of having alumni back. This year, as usual,...

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Two Reliable Harbingers

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 3:31 PM

Two reliable harbingers that a new academic year is about to get underway: First, the sudden appearance of about 100 very large young men on campus as fall football camp gets underway. Second, a spate of stories in the popular media about how unaffordable college has become, astronomical levels of...

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