Higher Education May Soon Be Unaffordable


The rising cost of college — even before the recession — threatens to put higher education out of reach for most Americans, according to the biennial report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

Good! Long overdue!

There are way, way, way too many unqualified people getting college degrees. Higher education has been devalued to the point that you can’t swing a cat without knocking down some idiot with a graduate degree.

  3 comments for “Higher Education May Soon Be Unaffordable

  1. MS
    13 Dec 2008 at 11:29 pm

    How would fewer people with higher education be a good thing?

    The value of higher education in America isn’t in its exclusiveness. The value is in what that education contributes to society. More people with higher education = higher contribution to American society.

    And how can someone be unqualified to earn a college degree?

  2. PE
    14 Dec 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Hi MS –

    Higher education for the masses — isn’t that an oxymoron?

    Don’t confuse “holder of a college degree” with “highly educated person” if we’re handing out degrees to anyone who can sign their name on a check or a loan document.

  3. MS
    15 Dec 2008 at 10:07 am

    No. Higher education means education at a level above secondary education, usually college or university. It has nothing to do with how many people become educated at any given level. I thought you, as an educator with a degree from an institution of higher learning, would know this.

    As for the “holder of a college degree”, most universities and colleges require people to not only pay tuition, but also attend classes and pass exams in order to confer a degree to those people. USC might be one of the exceptions to that rule. I have heard they are the type of university that hands out degrees to anyone who can afford one.

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