While Texas’s debate over public higher education has garnered a great deal of state press coverage in the last decade, this is by no means a Texas issue alone.

As the statistics below demonstrate, skyrocketing tuitions and student-loan debt, suppression of free speech and debate, as well as poor student learning and administrative bloat, signal a deep, systemic crisis in higher education, both in Texas and nationally.

This crisis will never be successfully addressed until the realities detailed below become public knowledge—and then inform public policy.