College students across the nation are working toward earning their degrees in hopes of one day having a career that will provide them with financial security. While many students dream of financial independence, the reality is that the rising cost of college tuition is leaving many of today's graduates with burdening student loan debt.
As parents send their kids off to college this fall, and those same kids try to figure out what they want to study, and as those of us who teach in liberal arts institutions begin talking to those students about the purpose and meaning of the educations they are about to embark upon, we should all keep in mind what our ultimate aims are.
Illinois tax dollars go toward funding some of the operations at the state's public colleges and universities, so taxpayers should know exactly where that money is going. This could help put that money flow into perspective: It takes the full tuition of 65 students to pay for the yearly total compensation of the highest-paid public university president in Illinois.