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Learning, Earning, Building Community: College IS Worth It, If…

October 4, 2018

Increasingly, policymakers and media ask whether a college degree is “worth it”. Do the financial benefits outweigh the risks or costs? Is it for everyone? How relevant is the learning occurring at the collegiate level? Is access to higher education worth the public investment required to educate those without economic means?

For Learning’s Sake: The Purpose of Higher Education

April 23, 2018

Some questions inspire startlingly simple answers. My grandfather had euphemisms at the ready for self-evident questions: “Is fat meat greasy?”, “Is the Pope Catholic?”, “Does a bear sh*t in the woods?”. Here are two from our work at The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis:

Q. What do low-income students need?
A. Money

IS COLLEGE WORTH IT?: A Continued Discussion

March 13, 2018

We have work to do. Political processes at the state and federal level are quickly bankrupting and privatizing higher education. Colleges are competing to enroll as many students who can pay as much of the bill as possible; willingly or not, this practice is shifting our understanding of education from societal and common good to market-based commodity.

Last month, “College Isn’t For Everyone” was the somewhat surprising headline of a Words of Faith blogpost. I heard from quite a few of you: