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Jane S. Shaw

Jane S. Shaw is higher education editor for School Reform News at The Heartland Institute.

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Jane S. Shaw is higher education editor for School Reform News at The Heartland Institute.

Jane S. Shaw joined the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2006 as executive vice president and became president in 2008. Shaw spent 22 years with PERC, the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, where she was a senior fellow and director of communication. She was named higher education editor for The Heartland Institute’s School Reform News in 2016.

Earlier in her career, Shaw was a journalist. Before joining PERC, she was an associate economics editor of Business Week, working in New York City. Previously, she was a correspondent for McGraw-Hill Publications in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Shaw received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wellesley College.

With Michael Sanera she coauthored Facts, Not Fear: Teaching Children about the Environment (Regnery 1999). She coedited A Guide to Smart Growth: Shattering Myths and Providing Solutions (Heritage Foundation, 2000) with Ronald Utt. She initiated a Greenhaven Press book series for young people, Critical Thinking about Environmental Issues, and was an author of two books in the series.

In recent years, her writing has been primarily about higher education. She explored the question of whether education is a public good in an article in the Independent Review and discussed the college “bubble” in Academic Questions.

Shaw is a past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, a former trustee of the Philadelphia Society, editorial advisor to Econ Journal Watch, a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of Regulation, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs (London).

Recent Articles and Publications

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March 12, 2020
By Jane S. Shaw
DOE recognition of GCU as a nonprofit would allow the school to receive federal student aid with few strings attached.
October 23, 2019
By Jane S. Shaw
The tenure of higher education leadership is getting shorter, pay greater.
September 23, 2019
By Jane S. Shaw
The state’s university system has “extensive duplicative programs,” including two engineering schools and two business schools.
July 12, 2018
By Jane S. Shaw
When 39 university associations send an open letter to Congress expressing “grave reservations” about proposed legislation, you can be sure that money is involved.
June 11, 2018
By Tim Benson, Jane S. Shaw
Bill Streamlines And Simplifies Student Aid, Seeks To Promote Access And Completion

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