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Why college still matters

November 23, 2012

[REBROADCAST] All across the country, college campuses are bustling once again.   Students are moving into dorms, saying bye to mom and dad, consuming a lot of beer and pizza, and the starting classes.  But in recent years, the bad economy has made some question the value of the traditional four year college. With recent grads having trouble landing jobs and coming out loaded with debt, some people are pushing students toward preprofessional degrees instead of a broader liberal arts education.  But ANDREW DELBANCO, a professor of American Studies at Columbia University, still sees the traditional college experience and education as essential to making good American citizens.  He lays out his argument for supporting those exploratory but formative years for young adults in his recent book, “College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be.”

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