Morton Schapiro

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President, Northwestern University
Professor of Strategy

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Morton Schapiro was named the 16th president of Northwestern University on December 16, 2008 and began his term on September 1, 2009. He is a Professor of Economics in Northwestern’s Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and also holds appointments in Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and School of Education and Social Policy.

President Schapiro is among the nation’s leading authorities on the economics of higher education, with particular expertise in the area of college financing and affordability and on trends in educational costs and student aid. He has testified before U.S. Senate and House committees on economic and educational issues and is widely quoted in the national media on those issues.

President Schapiro previously was president of Williams College from 2000 to 2009. Among the initiatives implemented during his presidency were a substantial reduction in average class size, a tripling of the number of courses offered in the college’s signature tutorial program and the completion of a number of major building projects.

President Schapiro, 56, earlier had served as a member of the Williams College faculty from 1980 to 1991, as Professor of Economics and as Assistant Provost. In 1991 he went to the University of Southern California where he served as Chair of the Department of Economics until 1994 and then as Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences until 2000. During his last two years as Dean, he also served as the University’s Vice President for Planning.

President Schapiro has written more than 100 articles and five books, and he has edited two others, most with his longtime co-author Michael McPherson. These include: The Student Aid Game: Meeting Need and Rewarding Talent in American Higher Education (Princeton University Press 1998); Paying the Piper: Productivity, Incentives and Financing in Higher Education (also with Gordon Winston, University of Michigan Press 1993) and Keeping College Affordable: Government and Educational Opportunity (Brookings 1991), plus two recent edited volumes College Success: What It Means and How to Make It Happen (College Board 2008) and College Access: Opportunity or Privilege? (College Board 2006).

President Schapiro has received research grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the World Bank, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the College Board, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other groups to study the economics of higher education and related topics.

He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Hofstra University and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

President Schapiro and his wife Mimi have three children: Matt, Alissa and Rachel.



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Education
PhD, 1979, Economics, University of Pennsylvania
MA, 1976, Economics, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., 1975, Economics, Hofstra University

Academic Positions
President, Northwestern University, 2009-present
Professor, Economics, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2009-present
Professor, Economics, Williams College, 2000-2009
President, Williams College, 2000-2009
Vice President for Planning, University of Southern California, 1998-2000
Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, 1994-2000
Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Budgets, University of Southern California, 1993-1993
Professor, Economics, University of Southern California, 1991-2000
Chairman, Economics, University of Southern California, 1991-1994
Professor, Economics, Williams College, 1990-1991
Associate Professor, Williams College, 1987-1990
Assistant Provost, Williams College, 1986-1989
Visiting Associate Professor, Economics, University of Southern California, 1986-1986
Visiting Assistant Professor, Economics, University of Southern California, 1983-1985
Assistant Professor, Williams College, 1980-1987
Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, 1979-1980

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Articles
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2008. The Spellings Commission Report: One Year Later. Forum Futures 2008.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2007. Assessment and Accountability in Higher Education. Forum Futures 2007.: 29-32.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2006. Opportunity in American Higher Education. Proceedings & Papers From a Symposium Held in Washington, D.C..: 18-39.
Schapiro, Morton. 2005. Liberal Arts Education at Large Research Universities and at Small Liberal Arts Colleges. Liberal Arts Colleges in American Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities. American Council of Learned Studies, ACLS Occasional Paper, No. 59: 218-223.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2005. Aligning Athletics and Academic Values. Forum Futures.: 51-54.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2004. The Promise and Perils of Universal Higher Education. Ford Policy Forum 2004: Exploring the Economics of Higher Education.: 3-6.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2004. The Promise and Perils of Universal Higher Education. Forum Futures 2004.: 33-36.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2003. Funding Roller Coaster for Public Higher Education. Science. 302: 1157.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2003. Global Issues in Higher Education: What American Colleges Should Know. Forum Futures 2003.: 41-44.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2003. Global Issues in Higher Education: What American Colleges Should Know. Ford Policy Forum 2003: Exploring the Economics of Higher Education.: 3-7.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2002. The Blurring Line Between Merit and Need in Financial Aid. Change. 34(2): 38-46.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2002. The New Depression in Higher Education. Forum Futures 2002.: 36-39.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2002. The New Depression in Higher Education. Ford Policy Forum 2002: Exploring the Economics of Higher Education.: 3-8.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2001. Ford Policy Forum: An Introduction. Ford Policy Forum 2001: Exploring the Future of Higher Education.: 3-6.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2001. Issues of Cost and Price in Higher Education: Observations on Needed Data and Research. Study of College Costs and Prices. 2: Commissioned Papers, U.S. Department of Education, NCES 2002-158: 75-85.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2001. Sticker Price is the Sticking Point. Trusteeship. 9(6): 19-24.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2000. Financing Lifelong Learning, Trends and Patterns of Participation and Financing in US Higher Education. Higher Education Management, OECD. 12(2): 131-156.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1999. Tenure Issues in Higher Education. Journal of Economic Perspectives. 13(1): 58-98.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1999. The Future Economic Challenges for the Liberal Arts Colleges. Daedalus. 128(1): 47-75.
Schapiro, Morton, Jere R Behrman, Lori Kletzer and Michael S. McPherson. 1998. Microeconomics of College Choice, Careers, and Wages. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.: 12-23.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1998. Priorities for Federal Student Aid Policy: Looking Beyond Pell. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. 142(2): 171-190.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1997. Financing Undergraduate Education Designing National Policies. National Tax Journal. 50(3): 557-571.
Schapiro, Morton, Michael S. McPherson and Ian G. Smith. 1996. Indirect Cost Recovery Rates: Why Do They Differ?. Eastern Economic Journal. 22(2): 205-214.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1995. Skills, Innovations, and Values: Future Needs for Postsecondary Education. Change. 27(4): 26-32.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1995. Pricing and Financial Aid in a Shifting Environment. College Board Review. 175: 18-21.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1994. Governing the University in a Litigious Age. New York State Bar Journal.: 18-21.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1993. The Search for Morality in Finacial Aid. Academe.: 23-25.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1992. Keeping College Affordable: A Proposal from Two Economists. Consortium for Policy Research in Education Policy Briefs.
Schapiro, Morton and Stephen Wainaina. 1991. Kenya's Export of Horticultural Commodities. Public Administration and Development. 11(3): 257-261.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1991. Does Student Aid Affect College Enrollment New Evidence on a Persistent Controversy. American Economic Review. 81(1): 309-318.
Schapiro, Morton, Larry H. Litten and Michael P. O'Mally. 1991. Progression to Graduate School from the 'Elite' Colleges and Universities. Economics of Education Review. 10(3): 227-244.
Schapiro, Morton and Rundheersing Bheenick. 1991. The Mauritian Export Processing Zone (EPZ). Public Administration and Development. 11(3): 263-267.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1991. The Student Finance System for Undergraduate Education: How Well Does it Work?. Change. 23(3): 16-22.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1991. Selective Admission: Does it Serve the Public Interest?. College Board Review. 159: 12-15 and 28.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1991. Paying for College: Rethinking the Role of the States and the Federal Government. Brookings Review. 9(3): 14-19.
Schapiro, Morton and Rundheersing Bheenick. 1989. Mauritius: A Case Study of the Export Processing Zone. Successful Development in Africa: Case Studies of Projects, Programs, and Policies. Economic Development Institute, The World Bank: 97-127.
Schapiro, Morton and Stephen Wainaina. 1989. Kenya: A Case Study of the Production and Export of Horticultural Commodities. Successful Development in Africa: Case Studies of Projects, Programs, and Policies. Economic Development Institute, The World Bank: 79-94.
Schapiro, Morton, Michael S. McPherson and Gordon C. Winston. 1989. Recent Trends in U.S. Higher Education Costs and Prices: The Role of Government Funding. American Economic Review, Papers & Proceedings. 79(2): 253-257.
Schapiro, Morton. 1988. Socio-Economic Effects of Relative Income and Relative Cohort Size.
Schapiro, Morton. 1987. Closing Remarks. University of Quebec/OECD Conference on Productivity in Higher Education. The Concept of Productivity in Institutions of Higher Education: 161-163.
Schapiro, Morton and Dennis A Ahlburg. 1986. Why Crime is Down. American Demographics. 8(10): 56-58.
Schapiro, Morton. 1985. A General Dynamic Model of 19th Century U.S. Population Change. Economic Modelling. 2(4): 347-356.
Schapiro, Morton and Lee J Alston. 1984. Inheritance Laws Across Colonies: Causes and Consequences. Journal of Economic History. 44: 277-287.
Schapiro, Morton and Dennis A Ahlburg. 1984. Socioeconomic Ramifications of Changing Cohort Size: An Analysis of U.S. Postwar Suicide Rates by Age and Sex. Demography. 21(1): 97-108.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1983. Economic Public Policy Implications of an 'Outmoded' Work Force. Educational Record. 64(4): 50-54.
Schapiro, Morton and Dennis A Ahlburg. 1983. The Social Cost of Economic Decline: Some Earlier Evidence. Journal of Post Keynesian Economics. 6(2): 303-304.
Schapiro, Morton and Dennis A Ahlburg. 1982. Suicide: The Ultimate Cost of Unemployment. Journal of Post Keynesian Economics. 5(2): 276-280.
Schapiro, Morton. 1982. Land Availability and Fertility in the United States, 1760-1870. Journal of Economic History. 42: 577-600.
Schapiro, Morton and Richard A. Easterlin. 1981. Educational Attainment by Sex and Age, 1980-2000. Review of Public Data Use [Journal of Economic and Social Measurement]. 9(4): 323-329.
Schapiro, Morton and Richard A. Easterlin. 1979. Homicide and Fertility Rates in the United States: A Comment. Social Biology.: 341-343.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. Forthcoming. College Success: What it Means and How to Make it Happen. Forum Futures 2009.
Book Chapters
Schapiro, Morton, Michael S. McPherson and Francie E. Streich. 2008. "Financial Aid at Public Flagship Universities." In College Success: What It Means and How to Make It Happen, edited by Michael S. McPherson & Morton O. Shapiro, 67-80. New York, NY: The College Board.
Schapiro, Morton. 2008. "Introduction." In College Success: What It Means and How to Make It Happen, edited by Michael S. McPherson & Morton Owen Schapiro, 1-14. New York, NY: The College Board.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2008. "Conclusion." In College Success: What It Means and How to Make It Happen, edited by Michael S. McPherson & Morton O. Shapiro, 225-227. New York, NY: The College Board.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2006. "Introduction." In College Access: Opportunity or Privilege?, edited by McPherson, M.S. & Schapiro, M.O., 3-15. New York: The College Board.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2006. "Conclusion: Making Opportunity Real." In College Access: Opportunity or Privilege?, edited by McPherson, M.S. & Schapiro, M.O., 167-171. New York: The College Board.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2006. "Watch What We Do (and Not What We Say)." In College Access: Opportunity or Privilege?, edited by McPherson, M.S. & Schapiro, M.O., 49-73. New York: The College Board.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2006. "US Higher Education Finanace." In Handbook of the Economics of Education, edited by Hanushek, E.A. & Welch, F., vol. 2, 1403-1434. Elsevier Press.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2002. "Changing Patterns of Institutional Aid: Impact on Access and Educational Policy." In Condition of Access: Higher Education for Lower Income Students, edited by Donald E. Heller, 73-94. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2001. "The End of the Student Aid Era? Higher Education Finance in the United States." In A Faithful Mirror: Reflections on the College Board and Education in America, edited by Michael C. Johanek, 335-376. New York, NY: The College Board.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2000. "The Future Economic Challenges for the Liberal Arts Colleges." In Distinctively American: The Residential Liberal Arts Colleges, edited by Steven Koblik & Stephen R. Graubard, 47-75. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1999. "Tenure Issues in Higher Education." In Forum Futures: 1999 Papers, edited by Maureen E. Devlin & Joel W. Meyerson, 73-88. New Haven, CT: Forum Publishing.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1998. "Priorities for Federal Student Aid Policy: Looking Beyond Pell." In Memory, Reason, Imagination: A Quarter Century of Pell Grants, edited by Gladieux, Lawrence E., Bart Astor & Watson Scott Swail, 148-164. New York, NY: The College Board.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1997. "Access and Choice in American Higher Education." In Funding Higher Education: Performance and Diversity, edited by Millwer, Paul W. & Jonathan J. Pincus, 27-37. Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affa.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1997. "Demand for American Higher Education: Prices, College Attendance, and Federal Policy." In Funding Higher Education: Performance and Diversity, edited by Miller, Paul W. & Jonathan J. Pincus, 13-23. Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Commonwealth of Australia.
Schapiro, Morton, Michael S. McPherson and Gordon C. Winston. 1989. "The Impact of Federal Student Aid on Institutions: Toward an Empirical Understanding." In Studying the Impact of Student Aid on Institutions, New Directions for Insitutional Research, edited by Fenske, R.H., vol. 62, 31-54. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Books
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2008. College Success: What It Means and How to Make It Happen. New York, NY: The College Board.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 2006. College Access: Opportunity or Privilege?. New York, NY: The College Board.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1998. The Student Aid Game: Meeting Need and Rewarding Talent in Amercian Higher Education. Princeton University Press.
Schapiro, Morton, Michael S. McPherson and Gordon C. Winston. 1993. Paying the Piper: Productivity, Incentives, and Financing in US Higher Education. The University of Michigan Press.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1991. Keeping College Affordable Government and Educational Opportunity. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution.
Schapiro, Morton and Michael S. McPherson. 1990. Selective Admission and the Public Interest. New York, NY: The College Board.
Schapiro, Morton. 1986. Filling Up America An Economic-Demographic Model of Population Growth and Distribution in the Nineteenth Century United States. Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press.

 
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