February 03, 2014
Colleges have gotten away from their original mission of providing “higher” education. For every $1 spent on instruction, $1.82 is spent on non-instructional things. (Commentary by Richard Vedder | Illustration by Evah Fan)

Colleges have gotten away from their original mission of providing “higher” education. For every $1 spent on instruction, $1.82 is spent on non-instructional things. (Commentary by Richard Vedder | Illustration by Evah Fan)

December 27, 2013
Universities are increasing their spending on intercollegiate sports exponentially, far faster than they are investing resources in teaching and research, and at rates that force higher institutional subsidies, usually paid by students. (Commentary by Richard Vedder | Illustration by Andy Rementer)

Universities are increasing their spending on intercollegiate sports exponentially, far faster than they are investing resources in teaching and research, and at rates that force higher institutional subsidies, usually paid by students. (Commentary by Richard Vedder | Illustration by Andy Rementer)

February 14, 2013
Obama had one idea that has been floated by other political leaders in a lackluster way: Tie federal college aid to the schools’ performance in controlling costs and offering value. There is some virtue to this proposal, but his remarks were vague and nonspecific. (Illustration by Jordy Van Den Nieuwendijk | Op-Ed by Richard Vedder)

Obama had one idea that has been floated by other political leaders in a lackluster way: Tie federal college aid to the schools’ performance in controlling costs and offering value. There is some virtue to this proposal, but his remarks were vague and nonspecific. (Illustration by Jordy Van Den Nieuwendijk | Op-Ed by Richard Vedder)

November 28, 2012
At some flagship state universities, the cuts in appropriations have been real in absolute dollar terms. (Illustration by Adrian Forrow | Op-Ed by Richard Vedder)

At some flagship state universities, the cuts in appropriations have been real in absolute dollar terms. (Illustration by Adrian Forrow | Op-Ed by Richard Vedder)

October 31, 2012
The unholy alliance against online learning. (Illustration by Ethan Buller | Op-Ed by Richard Vedder on Bloomberg View)

The unholy alliance against online learning. (Illustration by Ethan Buller | Op-Ed by Richard Vedder on Bloomberg View)

June 19, 2012
The U.S. has 115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers, and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees. Federal financial-assistance programs are not serving any of them well. (Illustration by Sally Thurer | Op-Ed by Richard Vedder on Bloomberg View) 

The U.S. has 115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers, and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees. Federal financial-assistance programs are not serving any of them well. (Illustration by Sally Thurer | Op-Ed by Richard Vedder on Bloomberg View