Why College Costs So Much and What States Can Do About It
Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event
A popular theory goes something like this: People with college degrees get paid more than those without. If more people had a college degree, we would all be richer. But higher education costs are skyrocketing, so the government should pay for it and make it "free."
Join our virtual event to hear a more nuanced discussion from experts to help distinguish fantasy from reality when it comes to higher education policy. This panel will feature Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl from the University of Central Arkansas, Jason Delisle of the American Enterprise Institute and Jarrett Skorup of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Panelists will cover why college costs so much and what states and the federal government should do about it.
The event is free and will take place via livestream on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 11 am. Sign up to receive the link.
Jason Delisle is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on higher education financing with an emphasis on student loan programs. His work focuses on the history and mechanics of federal student loans and financial aid policies, and he was an informal adviser on higher education reform for Gov. Jeb Bush's 2016 presidential campaign. He has a master's of public policy from the George Washington University.
Jeremy Horpedahl is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Central Arkansas and a scholar at the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics. He received his Ph.D. from George Mason University and has published op-eds in a variety of regional and national publications.
An engineer by training, Joseph G. Lehman joined the Mackinac Center in 1995 and was named president in 2008. During his tenure Michigan has seen numerous free-market policy advances in education, labor and state fiscal affairs. Frequently published in national and state media, Lehman also has trained more than 600 public policy executives internationally on strategic leadership and communications. He and his wife are founders of Midland County Habitat for Humanity.
Jarrett Skorup is the director of marketing and communications at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He is a graduate of Grove City College.