A moment ago, we heard about increased unemployment in the United States. The unemployment rate for college and university graduates is half what it is for the workforce as a whole. But rising costs are putting college and university degrees out of reach for most young Americans. In the past 25 years, tuition and fees have gone up 439% while median income has risen by 147%, and student loans are saddling graduates with more and more debt. For the first time in American history, older adults have more education than younger ones, while other countries are educating their children faster. That's ominous news for a country that attained world leadership because of higher education.
Will Doyle, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Vanderbilt University
Arthur Rothkopf, Department of Education's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity
Barmak Nassirian, independent policy analyst
Kimberly Johnston, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, University of Maine