ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 25, 2005) -- Ohio University Distinguished Professor of Economics Richard Vedder was recently appointed to serve on U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings' Commission on the Future of Higher Education.
The purpose of the commission is to form a comprehensive national strategy to improve postsecondary education. It will also create a plan to assist postsecondary education meet the needs of the increasingly diverse U.S. population and the changing economy and workforce.
"I am honored that Secretary of Education Spellings has appointed me to a panel of distinguished Americans dealing with higher education," Vedder said. "I believe identifying the problems facing higher education in the future is an important first step toward making universities more efficient, more effective, more accountable and more affordable."
In addition to serving on the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, Vedder still remains an active faculty member. His primary areas of expertise are economic history and public policy.
Vedder has published extensively in the field of U.S. economic history, including: "The American Economy in Historical Perspective" (1976); "Variations in Business and Economic History" (1982); "Poverty, Income Distribution, the Family and Public Policy" (1986); and, as coauthor, "Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America" (1997).
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