By Richard Vedder
CCAP is starting to grow beyond being a blog site to doing more substantive research on issues of higher education. I hope to commission (particularly if some outside funding comes through) three types of additional efforts beside blogs and op-eds like the piece by Bryan O'Keefe and myself wrote for yesterday's New York Sun: research papers and studies by academics, perspective articles (opinion pieces) by persons interested in higher education issues (who may or may not be academics), and conferences.
The first in our Perspectives on Higher Education series will appear very shortly on the CCAP web site (collegeaffordability.net). We are aiming for a posting by tomorrow. Wick Sloane and Jonathan Leirer are questioning a stealth subsidy to higher education that benefits mainly the rich, elite schools: tax subsidies. The data show that the "rich are getting richer" faster than the "poor are getting richer" in higher ed --the spending gap between the private and public schools is widening sharply. Federal tax policy is a big factor in this growing elitism in higher education, as Wick and Jonathan show.
This piece is an interesting and unusual collaboration. Wick and Jonathan have never met each other. Wick was the former CFO at the University of Hawaii who I met at a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago higher ed conference a year ago. I was impressed with his imaginative thinking and articulate (in a somewhat quirky way) method of presentation. So I contracted with him. Jonathan is the Chief Whiz Kid, an undergraduate kid who is working his way through school, working hard, studying hard and, being a typical young American college student of the early 21st century, playing hard. He and Wick make great music together, despite never having met. Be sure to check it out on the CCAP site.