Are university presidents clueless about the real world?

Well according to one think tank scholar, yes.

Richard Vedder, who directs the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, says university presidents’ view of the value of higher education runs counter to that of the American public.

“New Pew Research Center data show that a large majority of Americans think U.S. colleges and universities offer only fair or poor value for the financial cost –but college presidents strikingly disagree, with a majority of them thinking college offers at least a good value.”

Vedder is also a professor of economics at Ohio University, and is an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

What do you think?  Do university presidents have their heads in the sand when it comes to the cost of a college education?

  • Ethan

    I don’t think people are being honest with themselves if they think they think it offers a poor value. If they _actually_ thought it offered a poor value, colleges would be seeing lower enrollments, but that isn’t the case.

  • dave young

    Consider the samples. 

    Of course college presidents are going to argue for the value of that which funds their rents and car payments.  Are they out of touch with “the large majority of Americans” (and what kind of a sample was that, anyway?)?

    Yeah, maybe.  But are they also smarter (excepting the one or two that each of us might point to), better educated, more aware of the doors that are opened with almost any degree?  Yeah, probably.

    Hope that there weren’t a bunch of federal dollars that got poured into that research project.