What Does Higher Education Provide?


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The cost of higher education and its implications have been discussed, challenged, and criticized repeatedly over the past several years.  Rightfully so.   As the price of attending college has increased, it has left many wondering what higher education actually provides. Kwame Anthony Appiah recently wrote a thought-provoking New York Times Magazine article posing this very question –  What Is the Point of College?

In the United States alone, there are over 17 million undergraduates enrolled in classes at “institutions small and large, public and private, two-year and four-year, online and on campus.” While each student is pursuing a college degree, this degree will undoubtedly mean something different to each student.

When it comes to attending college, there are many trains of thought.  Appiah focuses on two.  1) You attend college to improve yourvalue in the workplace by learning practical skills. As Appiah calls it, a student on this…

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