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What's Your Kid Getting From College? (Is it worth the tuition?)
Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/02/2011 | William McGurn

Posted on 11/06/2011 8:04:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind

For hard-working American families struggling to make ends meet, the student protesters at Occupy Wall Street must seem like cast members of a reality show designed to make them look shallow and self-indulgent. The irony is that these students and recent grads have a point about their college debt. It's just not the point they are making.

Here, for example, is a typical entry on the blog "We Are the 99 Percent." A woman is holding up a handwritten note that reads: "I am a college graduate. I am also unemployed. I was lead [sic] to believe that college would insure me a job. I now have $40,000 worth of student debt."

The headlines tell us that, as a nation, we now owe more in college loans than we do on our credit cards. Notwithstanding the stock horror stories about the kid who leaves campus owing hundreds of thousands, however, the average college debt load is about the price of a new Toyota Prius—$28,100 for those with a degree from a four-year private school, $22,000 for those from public schools.

Even so, these figures don't touch the most important question: Are students getting fair value in return?

Anne Neal has been trying to help families answer that question for years. As president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, she believes students should leave college with a broad base of knowledge that will allow them "to compete successfully in our globalized economy and to make sense of the modern world." By that ACTA means universities should require a core curriculum with substantive courses in composition, literature, American history, economics, math, science and foreign language.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: college; tuition
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To: WorldviewDad

Thanks -


41 posted on 11/09/2011 4:46:46 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: org.whodat

Aren’t community colleges publicly funded?


42 posted on 11/09/2011 5:33:18 PM PST by Katherine Ann
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