The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 2nd, 2014
In times like these, data points get wielded like cudgels.
Student-loan debt tops $1-trillion. As many as half of recent graduates
are out of work, earn trifling wages, or have jobs that don’t require
college degrees. Clearly, such numbers suggest, college isn’t
At the same time, remedies for what ails the economy often invoke
higher education as a solution. Policy makers and foundations want more
people to earn postsecondary degrees because they increase wages.
Politicians press colleges to align programs with the needs of industry.
Together these sentiments show how deeply intertwined higher education and the economy have grown.