Kresta in the Afternoon – October 17, 2019 – Hour 1

+  Is College a Good Investment? (full hour)

  • Description: Student debt has become a major talking point in American politics. Among the Class of 2018, 69% of college students took out student loans, and they graduated with an average debt of $29,800, including both private and federal debt. Meanwhile, 14% of their parents took out an average of $35,600 in federal Parent PLUS loans. This has prompted some Democratic hopefuls to offer free Community College, or to cancel all student debt. As Universities face their own issues related to free speech and "safe spaces," many students are wondering if it's worth their time and money. Is it? We talk with Richard Vedder.
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    • Richard Vedder
      Richard Vedder is the author of Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America . He’s Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Economics at Ohio University. He has been Senior Economist at the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University. He is the author of Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much. His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, National Review, Washington Times, and Investor's Business Daily.
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    • Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America

      American higher education is increasingly in trouble. Universities are facing an uncertain and unsettling future with free speech suppression, out-of-control Federal student aid programs, soaring administrative costs, and intercollegiate athletics mired in corruption. Restoring the Promise explores these issues and exposes the federal government’s role in contributing to them. With up-to-date discussions of the most recent developments on university campuses, this book is the most comprehensive assessment of universities in recent years. (learn more)

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