Higher education can regain its purpose

By Allen C. Guelzo and Scott L. Wyatt

The young man at Verizon store sold phones, but it was clearly not his first choice in life. His goal when he went to college was to become a physical therapist. He loved the area, and in his first year it seemed to offer many exciting opportunities. Then he was informed that he did not have the math course required to continue in the program. Sorry, but he would have to take the course and wait a whole year to reapply with no promise that he would be admitted into the competitive program next time. A year would pass. He would rack up more student debt but make no real progress toward the degree he wanted. And taxpayer investment in his education, through the support of his public college, would be wasted.

We have heard versions of this story many times. This is no way to run an educational institution.


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