Higher education should be a public good, not a private commodity
The ideal of higher education as a public good — once inextricably linked to the American Dream — has been all but abandoned in favor of the college degree as a private commodity. The narrow focus on earning power, coinciding with demographic shifts in the number and diversity of college students, has fueled the understanding of college as a purely private benefit rather than a good for all.
Originally published: October 20, 2016
Author: Lynn Pasquerella
Published by: The Washington Post