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Dr. Michael Nietzel

I am president emeritus of Missouri State University. After earning my B.A. from Wheaton College (Illinois), I was awarded a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois in 1973. I then joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky, where I progressed through the professorial ranks, serving as director of the Clinical Psychology Program, chair of the department of psychology, dean of the graduate school, and provost. In 2005, I was appointed president of Missouri State University. Following retirement from Missouri State in 2011, I became senior policy advisor to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and continued in that role for six years. Recently, I have authored two books: Degrees and Pedigrees: The Education of America's Top Executives (2017) and Coming to Grips With Higher Education (2018), both published by Rowman & Littlefield. I currently serve as.Senior Contributor to Forbes Online, focused on higher education.


Latest from Dr. Michael Nietzel

Choosing a college

Does the law school rebellion spell trouble for U.S. News’ college rankings?

Commentary and analysis

Ranking the Big 10 universities by economic performance 

Commentary and analysis

Why some schools overperform in our rankings

Choosing a college

The test optional movement goes to graduate school

Choosing a college

Here’s how U.S. News ranks the best medical schools

Commentary and analysis

Problems plague Britain’s new HPI visas

Picking a degree

Introduction to graduate schools in America

Commentary and analysis

Interview: The Lumina Foundation on post-secondary education

Commentary and analysis

Why America’s community colleges continue to be important

Commentary and analysis

Why applications to college may be bouncing back

Commentary and analysis

Higher education budgets are set to rebound: what that means for students

Commentary and analysis

Is higher education philanthropy finding a new purpose?

Commentary and analysis

University price fixing lawsuit may do real damage

Student life

5 ways to get the most out of your college years

Choosing a college

Earning a bachelor’s degree at community college

Financial planning

What every student should know about college endowments

Financial planning

Calculating ROI – or the earning potential of a degree

Commentary and analysis

What you need to know about need-blind admissions

Choosing a college

A guide to test-optional and test-blind admissions

Commentary and analysis

Is there a solution to the community college enrollment crisis?

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