Facing rising costs and a changing economic environment, colleges may be on the verge of a sea change.
Student loans now top a trillion dollars — more than America’s credit card debt — promising to burden young adults well into their 30s and 40s.
And beyond cost, there are questions about content. As China and India rise, American leaders worry that we don’t have enough engineers or computer scientists.
So, should the focus of education be changing? Does career-oriented training now trump a liberal arts education? And how do we best position American students for the challenges of the 21st century?