One Reply to “A Renewal of Public Purpose in the Future of Higher Education”

  1. Hi Jon,

    I liked this post- short, sweet, and to the point. I agree that cost of college needs to be something that universities look to changing in the near future. I liked your point that the pandemic has brought on challenges related to paying for college and has lead some people to place more of an emphasis on other jobs- which, let’s face it, these other jobs are the ones that have proven to be the most important through this pandemic (with a few exceptions, doctors, nurses, and therapists come to mind, but I am sure that there are others- I’m not intending to offend or downplay anyone’s college degree here!). But you’re 100% right. If universities want to see enrollment numbers like they did in previous years, they need to seriously consider bringing down the costs of education. I could see this being done in a few ways, but one that comes to mind is cutting the salaries of higher paid employees. I am also hoping that the new executive administration that will begin in the US in January will be able to help with this. The college experience is one that many have dreamed of having for a long time, and the fact that the cost will take that away from some is heartbreaking to me. These views of universities being more likely to accept richer students who can pay, I agree, are elitist. And we need to do something about it. Higher ed needs to complete a full 180 on this one.

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