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July 2, 2021 at 10:35 am

Vedder to serve as content adviser, op-ed author for Optimal

Dr. Richard Vedder, portrait

Dr. Richard Vedder

Higher education research publisher Optimal announced the addition of Dr. Richard Vedder to its team as a content adviser and op-ed author in a June 28 news release.

Vedder is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University.

Vedder’s tenure of advocating for change in the higher education space makes him an ideal fit to support Optimal’s core mission of adding data-driven information to the college and careers landscape in order to set students up for success.

“I am so happy to be joining the Optimal team as an adviser. Optimal is performing an important job of erasing ignorance that often prevents seekers of a college education from ‘optimizing’ this costly investment so important to their futures,” said Vedder.

“We are at a time in history where we can no longer afford to see higher education as a passion-seeking, coming-of-age pursuit. We need to know outcomes, and Optimal provides the filter between the emotional aspirations of college and the data-based realities.”

Vedder is an esteemed figure in the higher education sector, writing for numerous notable outlets including Forbes, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Opinion, and Inside Higher Ed. He has also authored several books regarding issues within the higher education sector, including Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much and Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America. Much of his writing challenges the current American higher education system and proposes solutions for economic, societal, and institutional changes.

Read the news release.

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