The Rising Cost Of College

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Regardless of what a student’s major is, college offers a person the knowledge that they will use throughout their entire life. It arms a person with skills such as communication, critical thinking, analytical capabilities, cultural literacy and leadership. John Henry Newman believed that acquiring such skills was the most important aspect of college and that its purpose was “training good members of society” (53). However opinions shifted on what the purpose of college is, people began to see it simply as a means to an end, a pathway to financial stability. Dan Berrett, a writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, attributes part of this change to President Ronald Reagan. Berrett writes that on February 28, 1967, then California governor Ronald Reagan, said “…we do believe that there are certain intellectual luxuries that perhaps we could do without,” he was referring to liberal education (qtd. in Berrett). The rising cost of college has also influenced the way people feel about liberal education versus high-tech training, people want to make sure their degree is worth every penny they spent on it. In a very practical way, college definitely serves the purpose of procuring a career, but it is also essential to shaping productive members of society. When considering a higher education people often wonder if the potential contributions to humanity outweigh a guaranteed salary and if they are mutually exclusive. A survey of 400 employers conducted by a consortium for the

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