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June 7, 2018

A degree is still a great investment and the value of college just goes up from there

By Richard W. Riley

The State

Maybe it’s the influence of the liberal arts and sciences I so closely know and appreciate, but I can’t help but see a bit of tragic irony in the negative perception of higher education these days. Many people have begun to doubt whether college is worth the investment — at exactly the time a college diploma is more valuable than ever and when colleges are proving to be essential community partners.

You’ve seen the survey results. Fewer than half of Americans think college is necessary for workplace success. And just more than half think college is a good investment. That’s on us. My colleagues and I need to do a better job of showing and proving our value — both to students and to the communities we and our graduates serve.