Wick Sloane

Wick Sloane, an end user of higher education, began his first piece for Inside Higher Ed, "Somehow I missed the meeting where the nation decided to exit public higher education. I was, after all, chief financial officer of a public university." He has gone on to prod and poke and propose ways that the nation, with colleges and universities that proclaim themselves "the best higher education system in the world," can provide just that education to the millions of students who still cannot afford an education. His first column was adapted from a speech he gave at a higher education conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where he was a visiting fellow for higher education finance. In education, Wick has been a trustee of an independent school, an elected member of a public school system, and chief financial officer of a Research I public university. Finding that the debates on access were lacking good data on the needs of low-income students, Wick has embedded himself at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, where he teaches expository writing and does other odd jobs. With the support of the Center for College Accountability and Productivity, he published a paper, "The Undebated Billions," about federal tax subsidies to higher education, and Common Sense, modeled after the Thomas Paine pamphlet, arguing that the four-year bachelor's degree is obsolete. Six of his pieces for IHE were part of a fellowship to investigate community college financing that Wick won from the Hechinger Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University. He contribute columns to "What the Press Should Ask," for Nieman Watchdog, published by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. Wick holds degrees from the nation's most highly selective institutions of higher education, Williams College and Yale University. Therefore, by the standards of the academy itself, he must be right.

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December 20, 2013
Many college students go hungry. Wick Sloane's higher ed reform plan: Give every Pell Grant student a peanut butter and jelly sandwich each day.
November 11, 2013
Wick Sloane's yearly survey of how many former military service members are at the nation's elite private colleges finds, to his dismay, that the situation is actually getting worse.
October 29, 2013
Wick Sloane teaches community college students to write essays to transfer to universities. To set an example of "show, don't tell," he surveys the scene at a World Series game.
May 28, 2013
A new report from the Century Foundation offers a pathway to a revolution for community colleges. Wick Sloane urges the colleges' presidents and students to hear the call.
May 3, 2013
Wick Sloane, a one-time Boston Marathoner, reflects on a surprise on a 2007 class list.
March 28, 2013
Wick Sloane recommends a Massachusetts union's trenchant series of reports on the foibles of higher education finance.
January 21, 2013
President Obama, please make college access for the needy the Emancipation issue of your second term, Wick Sloane urges.
December 20, 2012
Why should donations that finance luxurious buildings and half-million-dollar salaries at wealthy colleges be tax-deductible? Explain it to the students in Wick Sloane's 7 a.m. community college classes, he writes.
November 12, 2012
Elite colleges seem to be moving backward, not forward, on enrolling -- and even paying attention to -- military veterans, Wick Sloane's annual survey suggests.
November 2, 2012
So many issues, so little time. The book Wick Sloane would write if he weren't too busy teaching (and feeding) his students.

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