Recovering Our Lost Public Esteem
Higher education leaders across the country are engaging in much hand-wringing over declining public confidence in colleges and universities. A variety of polls and surveys suggest multiple themes. Particularly prominent are findings that the value of college is declining in relation to the benefits. That reflects a belief that the cost of tuition has become excessive, combined with growing skepticism that a college degree confers economic security.
Originally published: January 22, 2018
Author: Richard M. Freeland
Position: President Emeritus
Institution: Northeastern University
Published by: Inside Higher Ed