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COVID-19 Crisis: Why the Coronavirus Will Kill 500 to 1,000 Colleges
Friday, April 17, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Independent Institute Executive Director Dr. Graham H. Walker interviews Independent Senior Fellow Dr. Richard K. Vedder, author of the award-winning Independent book, Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America. Dr. Vedder discusses government's extensive involvement in colleges and universities and offers his solutions to the rising costs, mediocre academic performance, and declining payoff of American higher education. Will many colleges and universities fail and how can reducing government's pervasive involvement end the many serious problems in higher education?

Graham H. Walker
Graham H. Walker is Executive Director and Assistant Editor for The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy at the Independent Institute. He received his Ph.D. in public law and government from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Walker has served as Associate Professor of Politics at Catholic University of America, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Scholar in Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), Senior Research Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute, Headmaster at Oaks Christian School, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, President at Patrick Henry College, Legislative Aide to former Congressman David Stockman, and Fellow at the Presidio Institute.
Richard K. Vedder
Richard K. Vedder is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Economics at Ohio University; author of the award-winning Independent book Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America; and the Founding Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Dr. Vedder received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, and he has been Senior Economist at the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University, and he has taught at the University of Colorado, Claremont Men’s College, and MARA Institute of Technology. His books include Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America (with L. Gallaway), Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools? New Strategies for Educational Excellence.; Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much, The American Economy in Historical Perspective; Poverty, Income Distribution, and Variations in Business and Economic History.

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