Saving Higher Education

Students on the campus of Columbia University, 2009 (Mike Segar/Reuters)
Start by guaranteeing students’ constitutional rights and holding schools to truth-in-lending standards.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D espite the denials of universities boards, administrators, and faculty, American higher education, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, is a hopeless mess. What basis is there for such a harsh diagnosis?

One, a college education is far too expensive. Nearly 45 million young Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loans — a staggering sum unmatched in American history. Millions have either defaulted on their loans or are able to pay only the interest and are making no progress on the principle.

Universities have for decades upped their tuition and services higher than the rate of annual inflation. Yet they deny they

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