Do high school seniors really consider other options? Do they even know alternatives exist -- alternatives that could put them far ahead of their peers both in the quality of their education and competitiveness in the job market?
By designating price as a key criterion at the earliest stages of the college search process, families can avoid taking on excessive debt to pay for college. It's simple. It's sensible. And it's not at all the way it's done now.
More attention needs to be paid in high school to the requirements for success in both the workplace and higher education. Graduating with a full curriculum of math, science, and English is as important to landing a "decent" job in today's workplaces as in gaining college admission.
Accredited law schools today are guided by a standard model. This model is not required by the accreditation standards. Rather, it is an unwritten set of characteristics widely viewed as the ideal for legal education.
It is our job as teachers to create those learning moments that help us make sense of complex realities, that clarify without oversimplifying, that disturb our assumptions and force us to think through new ones.
If you haven't accomplished the earlier savings priorities, such as setting aside a rainy day fund or funding your retirement account, then stop beating yourself up over your lack of college savings. You're not there, yet.
Until public officials, administrators, faculty members, students and the general public are sufficiently aroused to demand major changes it is unlikely that we will see a major transformation in the way our colleges are run.
Overnight, it seems, our institutions of higher learning have become more akin to businesses selling goods and services than to that idyllic picture of times past contained in our memory. In addition to competition, other forces have been at work within our institutions.
Student loans will mean that I will have to put off that trip to Europe, give up my dream apartment and be struggling financially for a while. I will be sacrificing a part of my future happiness for education.
It's time to put education first and ensure that we are doing everything in our power to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Our economic competiveness depends on it.
So much for fair-minded visions of colleges and universities as elevated bastions of fairness, equity, and leveling of the playing field. Instead, colleges are now freely admitting the open secret that they tip the odds and open the door wider to welcome the well heeled.
What separates Democrats and Republicans on the matter of the student debt crisis is a chicken or egg debate about low-cost, lightly credit-underwritten government financing and grant-giving, and the unsustainably high tuition prices charged by the schools.
Now it's two months after graduation. I have an Ivy League master's degree, but I certainly don't feel $60,000 smarter. In fact, I feel a bit like I've snapped out of the piper's trance, only after stepping off the cliff.