The America’s Future Foundation hosted “Bursting the College Bubble: The Status of Higher Education Today” Thursday at the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, where four experts discussed the increased debt burden young Americans face and questioned the value of higher education relative to its cost.
“A deception has led too many under-qualified students to enter college,” said the moderator, Lindsey Burke of the Heritage Foundation.
Jenna Robinson from the Pope Center said, “Enrollment has increased fantastically” because “we hear that the bachelor’s degree is the ticket to the American dream.”
Since so many people enter college, however, “universities have dumbed down their curriculum.”
Robinson cited the book Academically Adrift, which argues that nearly half of college students had no “significant improvement in learning” by the end of their sophomore year. Some graduates “cannot write or orally communicate in an office at an acceptable level,” Robinson said.
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