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The Coming Death and Future Resurrection of American Higher Education

Dr. Richard Bishirjian exposes how the higher education establishment imposes tuition costs that force parents and students into crippling debt.

Wednesday
March 1, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Heartland Institute
3939 N. Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

In The Coming Death and Future Resurrection of American Higher Education, Dr. Richard Bishirjian describes how the education establishment erected bureaucratic barriers to make it as difficult as possible for him to found the online Yorktown University as a low-cost, regionally accredited, high-tech institute of higher education. The battle resulted in the loss of millions of dollars of investors’ equity and 12 years of work and sacrifice.

Unlike any other study of American higher education, Bishirjian’s book tells all, names names, and exposes how the education establishment imposes tuition costs that force parents and students into crippling debt. All is not lost, however. The experience of founding and operating a high-tech university enables Bishirjian to reveal all this about American higher education:

1.    How tuition debt is hurting our college students
2.    Why American higher education operates as a cartel
3.    The terrible cost of accreditation and U.S. government regulations
4.    How “regional accreditation” assures “creative destruction”
5.    Why 1,000 colleges may be forced to close by 2022
6.    The destructive growth of federal control of higher education
7.    The South’s “legacy of suppression” in regulating higher education  
8.    How “smart money” bought colleges and why they left the United States
9.    How Bush-era Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings destroyed the liberal arts
10.    How Robert Shireman made for-profit higher education a “class enemy”
11.    How little it costs to create an Internet university
12.    Differences between distance and classroom learning
13.    Thirteen ways to reform American higher education

Watch his presentation at Heartland in the right side bar, or at YouTube.

  • Speakers
    • Richard J. Bishirjian
      Political theorist and entrepreneur
      Richard J. Bishirjian, Ph.D. is a political theorist and entrepreneur. He served as founding President of Yorktown University from 2000 to 2016 and is an advocate of higher education reform. His books include an examination of the role of “public” philosophy, a history of political theory, an examination of conservatism as a continuation of the act of Rebellion symbolized in the “Spirit of ‘76” and a critic of American higher education. He has published essays and reviews in The American Spectator, Modern Age, Intercollegiate Review, Anamnesis, Chronicles of Culture, Journal of Politics, Review of Politics, Forbes.com and the University Bookman.
The Coming Death and Future Resurrection of American Higher Education