A Slew of Studies, Summarized

Doug Lederman, Ignatia Webs, Jun 25, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The general trend of these three studies reported on in this article is that the cost of higher education isn`t such a barrier to poor people as we thought. The undertone to all three is that they are based on hedges and misleading statistics. The studies show, respectively that: college is still worth it, student aid is harmful, and student debt is overstated. The first result, though, is based on the idea that opportunity cost is lower due to the bad economy. The second blames rising tuition on aid programs. The third is based on a small biased sample of rich people. The sort of question I ask when I see this is: what's motivating these studies?

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