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Herman Berliner - Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY, US

Herman Berliner

Provost Emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor of Economics | Hofstra University


Dr. Berliner is focused on increasing and promoting global business programs, student entrepreneurship, and other experiential learning.






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The University Service Distinguished Professor, Dr. Herman A. Berliner is in his 53rd year at Hofstra University and is Hofstra's longest serving tenured faculty member. He is a professor of economics and also Provost Emeritus, having served for 28 years as Provost of the University and 12 years as Dean of Hofstra's Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

Industry Expertise (1)


Areas of Expertise (6)


Economics and Public Policy


Financial Policy

Economics of Higher Education

International Business Education

Education (2)

City University of New York: Ph.D., Economics 1970

CUNY City College: B.A. 1965

Media Appearances (14)

How Much Does College Cost in the US?

MoneyGeek  online


Dr. Berliner discussed factors that have contributed to the increase in tuition fees for private and public colleges; how the option of online college courses have affected college costs; and tips for parents and students about managing their finances better.

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The Cost of K-12 Education: States That Invest the Most in Their High School Graduates

MoneyGeek.com  online


Dr. Berliner discussed measures of school effectiveness; whether college entrance exam scores and college matriculation are appropriate means of measuring the quality of public education; and how K-12 schools can best prepare students for college and life beyond high school?

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Searching for Success

Inside Higher Ed  online


Herman Berliner shares lessons for how higher education institutions can avoid mistakes when searching for people to serve in top-level positions like president, provost, vice president or dean.

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Home sellers find an eager market and new tools to reach buyers

Newsday  print


To be sure, the low cost of borrowing “makes it very attractive to buy,” said Herman Berliner, provost and professor of economics at Hofstra University. However, he said, the economy is not likely to make a strong recovery until the pandemic is under control, either due to a vaccine or substantially lower rates of hospitalizations and deaths. He said many would-be homebuyers have either lost their jobs or seen their incomes decline. More than 370,000 Long Islanders have filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 economic shutdown began, state figures show.

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How Long Island businesses are handling Phase 2 reopening



"Social distancing doesn't seem to be visible," warned Herman Berliner, provost and professor of economics at Hofstra University. "People have to realize, you can have another hard stop to the economy. It really could happen again."

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Don't Expect A Quick Economic Recovery, Experts Say

NPR  online


Herman Berliner, a Hofstra University economist, says it’s not going to be an easy recovery even in New York. “You just have to see the number of people on the subways. The number of people on the Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North. They are not going to work. But in many cases they are also not earning. They are not able to spend.” Berliner says the length of the downturn will depend on how soon a COVID-19 vaccine can be developed and distributed.

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Beware Credit Card Interest Rates

Fox 5 NY News  tv


Herman Berliner, PhD, economist and dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, discusses the high interest penalties associated with some bank and store credit cards in this segment with Fox 5 NY News:.

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Northeast Lawmakers Agree: Tax Plan Will Hurt

NPR  radio


Democrats in the region go further and call the tax plan a scam and a redistribution of wealth from politically liberal states to conservative states. Herman Berliner, a professor of economics at Hofstra University, said, “A redistribution is not the term I would use. But it is certainly very unequal benefits, with the benefits being far greater for residents of other states.”

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Innovating the Way to Student Success: Higher Ed Leaders from Hofstra, UK, and Muhlenberg Discuss Strategic Planning at Huron Panel

EdTech Times  online


The panelists came from three very different schools, and three very different backgrounds: Herman A. Berliner, former Provost and current dean at Hofstra University, Timothy S. Tracy, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the University of Kentucky, and John Williams, the President of Muhlenberg College. Of the panelists, Herman A. Berliner has served the longest at a single university: 47 years, to be exact. Berliner has also had the unique experience of serving as the dean of Hofstra University’s business school twice—25 years apart. According to Berliner, “It’s actually a tougher position [today], because higher ed has become that much more competitive.”

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Long Island Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners in High Demand

Newsday  online


Demand for nurse practitioners and physician assistants is growing as Long Island’s population ages and the medical profession evolves. People in these jobs provide patient care that doctors have historically delivered, ranging from routine examinations to more advanced care. “A highly paid MD doesn’t need to handle routine ear infections,” Berliner said. “Since there is a strong demand, there will be a bump up on how much nurse practitioners are paid. I would make the same statement about physician assistants. Robust demand and measured increases in supply will lead to salary increases.”

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LI stocks rise Wednesday, but aren’t immune to investor fear

Newsday  online


Although many Long Island companies have limited direct exposure to China and the decline in oil prices, their investors are still moving to safe havens such as bonds and gold, said Herman Berliner, dean of Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb business school. “The bearish sense people have of the market will carry over to Long Island stocks,” he said. “There’s no way Long Island stocks will be immune.”

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Should tenured profs be allowed to teach as long as they want?



Reluctant retirees may also be undermining attempts to cut costs, according to Herman Berliner, former provost for academic affairs at Hofstra University. Berliner argues that lack of churn boosts tuition. “Reluctant retirees put us in a higher cost situation because you have a more senior, more highly-paid faculty member in place of potentially having a more junior faculty member at more of an entry-level salary,” says Berliner. After enrollment dropped at Hofstra’s law school, the university offered a generous buyout package: two full years of salary. No one took it. Berliner says students are losing out. “We have faculty who are tenured in areas where there has been a change in student demand over the years,” he says. “So we have departments that in effect have more tenured faculty than we presently have a need for. There are other departments, which are rapidly growing, where you need the additional faculty.”...

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Hofstra's Berliner to get honorary doctor of letters

Newsday  online


Hofstra University's longest serving provost, Herman Berliner, calls himself "an unlikely administrator." He didn't like wearing a button-down shirt and a tie -- a requirement of the job -- nor was he thrilled to start in the post less than a year after a 12-day faculty strike.

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A Culture of Assessment

Inside Higher Ed  


“There was a sense that when this began that, in a whole host of areas from our admission profile to retention, we could do a lot better than we had been doing,” said Herman Berliner, Hofstra’s provost. “The statistics, initially, were not spectacular. If you want your overall student experience to be more positive, you first need to have your students perceive of it as positive. You want them to think, ‘This is everything that a college experience should be.’ ” The numbers, taken together and combined with qualitative comments from focus groups of students and instructors, amounted to a call to arms for Hofstra administrators, leading Berliner and others to believe that changes were needed in the university’s experience for incoming students. “Students used to come in at orientation, put together a program of courses, and that’s the one they would follow for the year,” said Berliner, acknowledging this did not lend itself to much of an on-campus community...

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