Archive: Richard Vedder
Universities as Rip-Offs: The Costly and Inefficient Edifice Complex
Outrageous expenditures are commonplace for campus buildings, we will let a somewhat decrepit classroom building deteriorate so we can fund the academic fad de jour.
Would You Buy a Used Car from a College President?
As the environment for universities worsens financially and in other ways, the job of being a college president is getting tougher.
Is a College Degree Necessary? A Tale of Three Students
In many cases, the residential nature of college is key to most of the collegiate contribution to student success.
Betsy DeVos Is Right about Gainful Employment
There were a fair number of “bad actors” in for-profit higher education, but the same thing can be said of many public universities, which were exempt from such regulation.
The Growth in Tuition Insurance
As college expenses become bigger, the case for purchasing insurance has grown.
Decline of the M.B.A., Fall of the Humanities: What’s Left?
Increasingly, kids look at colleges as sort of a sophisticated form of vocational education that once was a staple of many high schools.
Taxpayers Shouldn’t Get Stuck with a $1.5 Trillion Loan Default Tab
We need to change the incentive system, making schools face financial consequences for accepting students with shaky academic backgrounds who are unlikely to complete college.
Four Low Tech Ways to Lower Tuition Fees by 10 to 30 Percent
To make themselves more attractive, colleges need to become leaner, cheaper, and more relevant.
Senator Warren’s Student Debt Plan
The Worst Higher Education Proposal Ever Made
It is mind-boggling in the potential harm it would pose to our nation.
First Generation Universities, the New CCNY
The school's mission is to provide access to large numbers, giving educational opportunities opening the door to occupational opportunities.