Archive: Richard Vedder

Intellectual Gerrymandering: ‘E Unum Pluribus’ on Campus
Merit and individual accomplishment are downplayed, group identity emphasized.
Richard Vedder | October 17, 2019
The University of Texas Belatedly Helps Poor Kids
The UT Board of Regents has approved a plan reducing tuition to zero for all in-state undergraduate students from families making under $65,000 annually.
Richard Vedder | September 28, 2019
Majors Matter
Education matters, but the type of education also matters, maybe even more.
Richard Vedder | September 20, 2019
Colleges Don’t Want ‘Free College’
Free college proposals are a threat to the gravy train that has led to the inefficient and overstaffed modern university.
Richard Vedder | September 17, 2019
Who Needs Harvard? Amazon University and Other Options
We need to find cheaper, better ways of certifying competence, both in identifying the best future workers, but also in training them for specific tasks.
Richard Vedder | September 3, 2019
Coding Academies and the Future of Higher Education
Unlike in traditional higher education, the student’s interests are very closely aligned with that of the school.
Richard Vedder | August 23, 2019
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.
Richard Vedder | August 15, 2019
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.
Richard Vedder | August 2, 2019
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.
Richard Vedder | July 17, 2019
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.
Richard Vedder | July 11, 2019