The case for and against college

Is college worth the time and money? Here’s the case for and against college.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  At the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, wait-listed students can start at community college while living in dorms and participating in campus life.

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  1. tim-10-ber says:

    With TN’s HOPE scholarship UT-Knoxville has raised its average ACT score over the years to either 26.7 or 27.6 (I cannot remember which it is for the 2011-2012 freshman class). I had no clue UT-K was doing this program. I think this is a great idea. I know someone whose grand-daughter might be in this program…will see how she is doing. Maybe this will be expanded to UT-Chattanooga in a partnership with Chattanooga State, a community college.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    If you decide that college cost $200,000, including all expenses and counting income not earned at that point, and figure somebody could earn 4% on the money, it would double three times in fifty-four years. That is, about the time the kid–starting this exercise at age eighteen–reached seventy-two. That’s a million six.
    There had better be some serious advantages to a college education to make up for being short a million and a half at retirement.
    Of course, this is hypothetical. Not likely the money will be left untouched for fifty-four years. Where does it actually come from in the real world, if you’re not getting student loans and financial assistance specifically associated with college? Nevertheless, a strictly financial view could cut both ways.

  3. I find this kind of thing idiotic, to be frank. It’s like asking “is a vehicle worth it?”. Kind of depends on who you are and what exactly you’re getting, doesn’t it?

    I do not find it particularly radical to take the view that some types of college education are worth the time and money and some are not. But lumping all of that together as “college” is, in my humble opinion, a big part of the problem. The idea that “college is college” is an extremely bad idea to be promoting.