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Posted: Thu. July 18, 2019, 12:49pm PT

Hosted by the Heartland Institute, Richard K. Vedder, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America, critically examines 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.

Posted: Thu. July 18, 2019, 12:32pm PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Vicki E. Alger presentation at the Young Women's Leadership Summit held in Dallas TX, on June 8, 2019.

Private school choice programs in the United States serve almost half a million students, the vast majority of them low-income, disadvantaged, and special-needs children. Independent Institute Research Fellow Vicki E. Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children , explains why more and more parents support educational freedom.

Posted: Mon. July 8, 2019, 11:12am PT

California needs to adopt high tech solutions to fire prevention to avoid more fire catastrophes, says Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan. The most recent California Golden Fleece® Award has been awarded to CALFIRE and other state agencies for allowing the build up of fuels that causes huge firestorms.

Posted: Thu. July 4, 2019, 11:42am PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, director of the California Golden Fleece® Award appears on KMED radio's Bill Meyer show to talk in detail about new, high-tech methods for preventing and fighting wildfires in the west. Virtual reality, new types of water retardant, and satellite technology are a few of the techniques that can replace traditional, ineffective and expensive firefighting methods.

Posted: Tue. July 2, 2019, 3:49pm PT

Director of the California Golden Fleece® Award , Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan is interviewed on KFBK radio in Sacramento. The latest report from McQuillan outlines the steps California must take to avoid more catastrophic wildfires by implementing more technology and private property rights to incentivize the prevention more than the suppression of fires.

Posted: Tue. July 2, 2019, 3:36pm PT

California fire agencies are the "winners" of the most recent California Golden Fleece® Award , a dishonor given quarterly to California state or local agencies or government projects that swindle taxpayers or break the public trust. Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan outlines his recommendations to prevent catastrophic wildfires in the future, using technology and private management of forest lands to avoid the build up fuels in forests.

Posted: Mon. July 1, 2019, 12:18pm PT

Senior Fellow Williamson Evers sits down with The Epoch Times to discuss what Evers considers to be the greatest problems facing the education system in America today.

Posted: Mon. June 17, 2019, 9:59am PT

Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America speaks at the Manhattan Institute about the issues facing higher education.

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, economist and economics professor Richard Vedder documents how this precarious situation was fostered by the expansion of government involvement in the academy, especially at the federal level.