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education, and Common Sense, modeled after the Thomas Paine pamphlet, arguing that the four-year bachelor's degree is obsolete.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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October 9, 2012
Wick Sloane's vision for resuscitating the social mission of what was once one of the world's great universities.
July 20, 2012
In baseball, a .300 batting average is good. In setting targets for community college completion, as Wick Sloane argues we should, how about that as a goal?
March 27, 2012
Wick Sloane, tired of having his community college students cry from hunger in his office, proposes the 2012 Federal Study-Work Act.
January 19, 2012
Many selective institutions say too few military vets are qualified to enroll. Wick Sloane issues them a challenge: Run free summer sessions to help build the pool.
November 11, 2011
Wick Sloane expands his annual survey of the enrollment of ex-military service members at elite colleges. A few pleasant surprises aside, the numbers aren't pretty.
July 22, 2011
Pell Grants matter (a lot). But so does what we do with our students in the classroom, writes Wick Sloane, who describes resources he uses to inspire his.
April 5, 2011
The association of two-year colleges prepares for annual conference with the wrong program. Wick Sloane urges its leaders to rise to the challenge.
May 28, 2010
Wick Sloane thinks he's the right man to lead the American Association of Community Colleges. Here's his platform.
February 6, 2009
Wick Sloane's previous offers to lead Harvard, the University of Iowa and the U.S. Education Department have been for naught. This time his alma mater has an opening, and he lays out his ideas for running the prestigious liberal arts college.
December 2, 2008
As Harvard honors Sen. Edward Kennedy for his contributions to the nation, Wick Sloane, whose community college students depend on the financial aid he has fought for, is there.

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