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education, and Common Sense, modeled after the Thomas Paine pamphlet, arguing that the four-year bachelor's degree is obsolete.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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November 4, 2008
Wick Sloane offers the presidential candidates his one-year plan for a federal role in education when most attention will be elsewhere.
July 11, 2008
Three weeks ago, a student, a veteran of two tours in Iraq, a sniper who had already dropped out once a year ago when three of his buddies in Iraq died in one week, handed in an essay that terrified me. “Suicide Prevention,” I discovered right away, is one of the top information requests from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs home page. Before thinking about writing a column about military veterans at community colleges, I made sure the student, whom I’ll call The Student, is OK. He is.
September 25, 2007
For Wick Sloane, the fall semester of his community college writing course opens with a surprise.
August 6, 2007
Wick Sloane, assessing the annual meeting of the business officers' group, urges them to take responsibility for college costs. Someone has to. Who better?
June 29, 2007
Will colleges and universities yield on new buildings for funds to keep low-income students in school and help veterans go to college? Wick Sloane asks.
May 7, 2007
One of Wick Sloane's community college students is shot to death. He reflects on the implications for the students and for Washington's policy experts.
February 27, 2007
As the nation’s registrars gather this week in Boston, Wick Sloane applies a dash of Open Source thinking to the costly, intractable data, articulation, credit-transfer muddle in higher education.  
February 5, 2007
Wick Sloane, again a candidate, offers his common-sense platform for leading two top liberal arts colleges.
January 8, 2007
Wick Sloane celebrates a pocket-sized information renaissance, without battery chargers, downloads or tangled cords.
December 7, 2006
Our intrepid columnist Wick Sloane nearly testified before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday. Does almost only count in horseshoes and hand grenades?

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