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Richard Vedder - Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America

Join us for this detailed discussion about the crisis in America's higher education system.

Wednesday
June 19, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Heartland Institute
3939 North Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

Higher education in America is in crisis. Costs are too high, learning is too little, and the financial payoff to students and taxpayers is often abysmal. In Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America, Richard Vedder documents how this precarious situation was fostered by the expansion of government involvement in the academy, especially at the federal level.

Dr. Vedder vividly examines the nature of and solutions to such issues as tuition and other costs; public funding and governance; curricula; free speech and academic freedom; political correctness; due process; admissions; student loans; and much more. His reform agenda is equally comprehensive as he urges ending discrimination against for-profit schools; ending grade inflation; ending speech codes and other barriers to academic freedom; ending affirmative action and related diversity programs; ending or revising federal student financial aid; instituting three-year degrees and year-round instruction; and providing earnings data on former students for extended periods after graduation.

  • Speakers
    • Richard Vedder
      Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute
      Richard K. Vedder is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Economics at Ohio University, Founding Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. He is also a Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute. A former senior economist on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, and his many books also include Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much and Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America, winner of the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award.
  • Schedule
    • 5:30 p.m.
      Doors Open
    • 6:00 p.m.
      Program Begins
    • 7:30 p.m.
      Program ends

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