Does Public Higher Ed Funding Drive Economic Growth?

Policy Forum
January 14, 2009 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST


Featuring George Leef, Vice President for Research, John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy; Barmak Nassirian, Associate Executive Director, External Relations, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; Moderator Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Ed

Everyone knows that people who graduate from college earn more than those who don't. It's also widely understood that technology drives economic growth, and university research drives technology. Finally, it seems clear that in a rapidly evolving world workers will need to transform their skills, and higher education provides the means to do so. In light of all this, shouldn't we provide public funding for higher education to keep college cheap and innovation going, especially during a recession? Not necessarily.

Please join our panelists as they discuss both the benefits and costs of public funding for higher ed.