Free tuition?Programs should focus on students who started and had to stop.
College has acquired a bit of a bad name in recent years. Public and private institutions are becoming steadily more expensive, a phenomenon that is difficult to explain or justify. The argument that a traditional curriculum does not provide enough of the relevant “skills” for the workplace is so pervasive that people increasingly say they don’t want to bother with higher education. Several years ago, billionaire Peter Thiel began handing out grants that paid bright students to skip college and become entrepreneurs. These days, the argument goes, the promise of higher education is not what it used to be.
Originally published: August 1, 2017
Author: Sanford J. Ungar
Position: President Emeritus
Institution: Goucher College
Published by: The Washington Post