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Board of Scholars
Arthur B. Laffer
Dr. Laffer served as a member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board
Apart from being famous for the ability to draw a meaningless curve Laffer has also shown that consistent failure can be lucrative.
Another serial failure making a living out of impoverishing the majority of his people. In case you haven’t noticed his position on the African American Republican Leadership Council Advisory Board makes him the closest of anyone in this organisation to a memebr of an ethnic grouping other than white.
Dr. Richard Vedder
the conservative, Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity released a study titled “Faculty Productivity and Costs at the University of Texas at Austin,” and its findings did not cast the university in a positive light. Administrators, meanwhile, say the analysis is premature.
Using the data released by the system, the study suggests that even a “moderate increase” in faculty emphasis on teaching at the flagship campus could generate significant savings. In fact, it asserts that if the 80 percent of faculty with the lowest teaching loads were to teach half as much as the 20 percent with the highest, tuition at the university could be cut in half.
Richard Vedder, the director of the center and the lead author on the study, said he was expecting to see disparities among professors’ productivity — a problem he said is typical at all large research universities — but not at the “breathtaking” level he found at UT-Austin. According to his analysis, 20 percent of the faculty teach 57 percent of the semester credit hours. That same quintile also accounts for 18 percent of research expenditures, which Vedder says contradicts the notion that an emphasis on teaching would harm the university’s research mission.
Leaders at UT and the UT System have not rushed to embrace Vedder’s conclusion and point out that the data release was accompanied by a significant caveat from system spokesman Anthony de Bruyn: “The attached data spreadsheet in its current draft form are incomplete and have not yet been fully verified or cross referenced. In its present raw form it cannot yield accurate analysis, interpretations or conclusions.”
Williams is also a visiting fellow with George Mason University’s Mercatus Center State and Local Policy Project, a Charles Koch-funded project
The Mercatus Center has engaged in campaigns involving deregulation, especially environmental deregulation. Fourteen of the 23 regulations that George W. Bush put on his hitlist were, according to the Wall Street Journal, first suggested by people working at the Mercatus Center