Gwen O'Brien | October 19, 2018
The cost of higher education is a hot topic on Capitol Hill, in the headlines and at dinner tables across America.
- Why does it cost so much?
- How can graduates repay student loans if they can’t get good-paying jobs?
- How does studying liberal arts help in the real world?
- Does higher education really prepare young people for the jobs of the future?
These are all fair questions, and Notre Dame, like many of the nation’s most prestigious universities, has good answers.
“I think all of us need to do a better job of explaining the value of higher education,” said Notre Dame Provost Tom Burish. “Most of the criticism of higher education tends to focus on high costs and student debt, which are important issues to be sure. However, the fact is that for most people the investment they make in earning a college degree is unquestionably one of the best they will ever make. Higher education profoundly and positively influences the course of a person’s life.” However, the answers are neither short nor simple — and they require one to look beyond the ever-increasing cost of higher education.
By providing a core curriculum that emphasizes liberal arts, creativity and critical analysis, Notre Dame also prepares graduates to deal with the challenges of today and tomorrow.
In an article titled “How to prepare your kids for jobs that don’t exist yet” published on June 27 on fastcompany.com, columnist Ruth Reader suggests that even with “robot domination seemingly impending,” the need for human intelligence will remain.
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