A student needs to develop the necessary skills to pursue a college degree, although in truth there are many kinds of colleges and some are far more difficult than others, both in terms of admittance and performance expectations.
The Obama administration's proposal to include some measure of graduates' earnings in a rating of higher education has ignited a heated debate about the purpose of an education, and in particular the value of a liberal education.
Why should we go to college? Let's admit that career advancement, fun, and variety have places in any good answer's line-up. But there's also the so-called "civilizing effect."