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Rethinking Higher Education

By Kara Miller

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A building at Harvard University is seen in Cambridge, Mass. Education innovators are wondering if there are alternatives to four-year colleges like Harvard. (ravedelay/Flickr)

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?

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As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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