Is College Worth It?

Is College Worth It?

August 14, 2013 12:00 ET
For many students, a bachelor's degree is considered the golden ticket to a more financially and intellectually fulfilling life. But the disturbing reality is that debt, unemployment, and politically charged pseudo-learning are more likely outcomes for many college students today than full-time employment and time-honored knowledge. This raises the question: is college still worth it? Who is responsible for debt-saddled, undereducated students, and how do future generations of students avoid the same problems? In a time of economic uncertainty, what majors and schools will produce competitive graduates? Is College Worth It? uses personal experience, statistical analysis, and real-world

For many students, a bachelor's degree is considered the golden ticket to a more financially and intellectually fulfilling life. But the disturbing reality is that debt, unemployment, and politically charged pseudo-learning are more likely outcomes for many college students today than full-time employment and time-honored knowledge.

This raises the question: is college still worth it? Who is responsible for debt-saddled, undereducated students, and how do future generations of students avoid the same problems? In a time of economic uncertainty, what majors and schools will produce competitive graduates? Is College Worth It? uses personal experience, statistical analysis, and real-world interviews to provide answers to some of the most troubling economic and social problems of our time.

David Wilezol is the associate producer of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America, and co-author, with Bill, of the book Is College Worth It? He is also a contributor to Minding the Campus, the Manhattan Institute's higher education policy blog. In 2012, he was a Claremont Institute Publius Fellow, and is currently a graduate student in Greek and Latin at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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For many students, a bachelor's degree is considered the golden ticket to a more financially and intellectually fulfilling life. But the disturbing reality is that debt, unemployment, and politically charged pseudo-learning are more likely outcomes for many college students today than full-time employment and time-honored knowledge.

This raises the question: is college still worth it? Who is responsible for debt-saddled, undereducated students, and how do future generations of students avoid the same problems? In a time of economic uncertainty, what majors and schools will produce competitive graduates? Is College Worth It? uses personal experience, statistical analysis, and real-world interviews to provide answers to some of the most troubling economic and social problems of our time.

David Wilezol is the associate producer of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America, and co-author, with Bill, of the book Is College Worth It? He is also a contributor to Minding the Campus, the Manhattan Institute's higher education policy blog. In 2012, he was a Claremont Institute Publius Fellow, and is currently a graduate student in Greek and Latin at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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