Last updated on: 12/5/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

George Leef, JD Biography

Title:
Director of Research at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
Position:
Con to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"
Reasoning:

“If a college degree were a regulated investment opportunity, it would have to bear the standard warning that past performance is no guarantee of future performance. The future won’t be similar to the past for many college graduates and telling young people that college will be a good investment is careless and irresponsible.

In truth, going to college isn’t an investment at all…

No one receives any payment or premium merely for having finished college. Employers do not reward workers just for having passed enough classes to earn a degree. They reward workers for their productivity. Going to college might increase a person’s productivity, but it’s neither necessary nor sufficient for that.

…These days, with the labor market saturated with college graduates, the time and money spent on college is often wasted.”

“Don’t Buy the Hype, College Education Is Not an Investment,” forbes.com, June 12, 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of higher education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of higher education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Book Review Editor, The Freeman, 1997-present
  • Adjunct Scholar, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 1988-present
  • Director of Research, John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
  • Former Vice President, John Locke Foundation
  • President, Patrick Henry Associates
  • Legislative Aide, Michigan State Senator David Honigman, 1991-1996
  • Labor Law Policy Advisor, Michigan Senate Programs & Policies Staff, 1989-1990
  • Libertarian Candidate, US Congress, 1984
  • Assistant Professor, Northwood University, 1980-1989
Education:
  • JD, Duke University School of Law, 1977
  • BA, Carroll College, 1973
Contact Info:
Phone
919-828-1400
Email
georgeleef@popecenter.org
Website
Linkedin bio
Other:
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is a College Education Worth It?