College education helps
In all the current dialogue about college, whether the degrees are justified in terms of higher income and better jobs, one thing which is of paramount importance is that colleges generally produce a better educated, better informed citizen.
Whether the degree ultimately conferred is in pursuit of a profession or liberal arts, by becoming informed in history, political science, arts or sciences, the graduate is better able to understand the complex issues of our society and to participate with intelligence, rather than being swayed by misinformation dispersed by self-serving interests and fringe groups.
Four years devoted to study, to assimilating an understanding of our world, its history and development and the implications of our current debates is a value to society not measured by the cost in dollars nor the potential for increased earnings.
The ultimate product, a well-informed educated citizen and its value to society, is often overlooked.