Vance H. Fried is Riata Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Institute for Free Enterprise & Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. He is an expert on entrepreneurship in the education industry, entrepreneurship and public policy, and venture finance. He is the author of Better/Cheaper College: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Rescuing Undergraduate Education, and related papers for Cato and other think tanks. In addition he has published in several major academic and practitioner journals. Prior to joining the faculty at Oklahoma State, Fried worked as an attorney in private practice, executive of an independent oil company, and investment banker working with small and mid-cap companies.

More from Vance Fried


Sectors Dominated By Nonprofits Have Highest Prices

Investor’s Business Daily. May 29, 2014.

D.C. Drove Up Your Student Debt

New York Daily News. October 10, 2011.

Cato Studies

Federal Higher Education Policy and the Profitable Nonprofits

Policy Analysis No. 678. June 15, 2011.


College Accreditation in the Crosshairs

April 16, 2014. Policy Forum.