Prof. DeBow brings His Knowledge to The Center for College Affordability & Productivity

Posted: Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:16

Michael DeBow, law professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, recently joined The Center for College Affordability & Productivity (CCAP) as an associate director. He remains a full-time law professor at Cumberland School of Law, one of the oldest law schools in the nation. Samford is the largest private university in Alabama.

The CCAP is a Washington, D.C., based research center primarily interested in issues relating to the economics of higher education. The nonpartisan research organization publishes studies, writes shorter commentaries for newspapers, magazines, and the Internet, does rankings of colleges and universities for Forbes, participates and helps organize conferences, etc.

“I am very excited about joining Rich Vedder’s team at CCAP,” said Prof. DeBow. “Rich is widely respected as an observer of the higher education industry, and was among the very first to make the case that big changes are coming. I am particularly interested in thinking about how different forms of university governance might affect the process of reform, drawing in part on my teaching and research into related corporate governance issues.”

A press release from the CCAP called the hiring of DeBow “another exciting step along the journey, ushering in a new age for the Center.”

A tenured law faculty, Prof. DeBow teaches courses in real property, business organizations, administrative law, legislation, and local government law. He has served in a part-time capacity for two Alabama attorneys general: Bill Pryor and Luther Strange. DeBow is the co-founder and co-editor of the Federalist Society’s annotated bibliography of conservative and libertarian legal scholarship, and its pre-law reading list.

CCAP staff appear frequently in radio and television interviews, including such NPR shows as Morning Edition and All Things Considered, the Laura Ingraham and Bill Bennett talk radio shows, Fox News programs with John Stossel and Neil Cavoto, the PBS News Hour, as well as appearances on ABC and NBC nightly news. Articles by CCAP staff have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, National Review, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and USA Today, among others.

On July 30, 2014, the CCAP in partnership with Forbes published its “America’s Top Colleges” ranking. DeBow’s own Samford University scored as the top-ranked higher education institution in Alabama.