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George Leef

Email: georgeleef@popecenter.org

George Leef is director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Carroll College (Waukesha, WI) and a juris doctor from Duke University School of Law. He was a vice president of the John Locke Foundation until the Pope Center became independent in 2003.

Prior to joining the Locke Foundation, Leef was president of Patrick Henry Associates, a consulting firm in Michigan dedicated to assisting others in advocating free markets, minimal government, private property, and individual rights. Previously, Leef was on the faculty of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, where he taught courses in economics, business law, and logic. He has also worked as a policy adviser in the Michigan Senate.

A regular columnist for Forbes.com, Leef was book review editor of The Freeman, published by the Foundation for Economic Education, from 1996 to 2012. He has published numerous articles in The Freeman, Reason, The Free Market, Cato Journal, The Detroit News, Independent Review, and Regulation. He writes regularly for the National Review's Phi Beta Cons blog and for SeethruEdu.com.

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Articles by George Leef

The Salaita case: when academic freedom collides with freedom of contract Aug 27, 2014
The Salaita case: when academic freedom collides with freedom of contract

Does the federal Clery Act actually make campuses safer? Aug 20, 2014
Does the federal Clery Act actually make campuses safer?

Should top American colleges start giving group preferences based on place rather than race? Aug 13, 2014
Should top American colleges start giving group preferences based on place rather than race?

Discharging student debt in bankruptcy would be a good idea, if colleges had a stake. Aug 11, 2014
Discharging student debt in bankruptcy would be a good idea, if colleges had a stake.

The Chronicle Review attacks higher ed reformers as "hustlers" and "pied pipers." Jul 30, 2014
The Chronicle Review attacks higher ed reformers as "hustlers" and "pied pipers."

The time seems ripe for making changes in legal education, but which ones? Jul 09, 2014
The time seems ripe for making changes in legal education, but which ones?

Can a Charitable Gift Be Bad? Jun 20, 2014
The Koch brothers donate $25 million to United Negro College Fund for scholarships, but many want the money returned.

A New Cell Phone Dilemma Jun 11, 2014
Should students be permitted to use their phones to record what goes on in classes?

Part 2: My Criticisms Stand, Mr. Lazere May 23, 2014
Professor Lazere's response doesn't rebuild his case that higher ed should have a leftist bias.

An Imaginary Crisis May 21, 2014
Conventional wisdom has it that America desperately needs more STEM graduates, but "it just ain't so."

America's Growing Student Debt Mountain May 07, 2014
Lenient rules encourage students to keep borrowing, ignore costs, and hunt for "public service" jobs.

Higher Education Already Has a Leftist Bias Apr 23, 2014
But a new book argues that it should have more bias to overcome society's "conservative" indoctrination.

Ignoring the Elephant in the Room Apr 17, 2014
A Pew Research study claims that those who don't go to college penalize themselves.

Free Speech on Campus? Apr 14, 2014
Sureā€”as long as you haven't previously said anything to offend groups that now hold trump cards.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come? Mar 19, 2014
Equity funding for college students is attracting attention, but can't work as long as we have easy government loans.

Can We Do Anything About "Party Schools"? Mar 05, 2014
A sociologist's book explores the disturbing party culture at her university but sees no real solution.

Senator Rubio Advances the Ball Feb 26, 2014
The Florida senator suggests ideas that could catalyze game-changing higher education reforms.

Et Tu, New York Times? Feb 24, 2014
Even the Gray Lady recognizes that the education establishment has oversold college.

Undermatch, Overmatch, Mismatch Feb 19, 2014
Students often make college decisions that are far from the best, but the federal government is apt to make matters worse.

Correlation, Not Causation Feb 09, 2014
More college does not beget more economic prosperity.

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