Across the country, and particularly in Missouri, higher education is in crisis. Increasing numbers of prospective students (and their parents) feel that a college degree is no longer worth the required time and expense. Many of those who want to attend college simply can't afford it, and many who do attend college drop out before earning a degree.
But the career prospects for someone entering the workforce are still highly dependent on his or her educational attainment. So how can Missouri reverse these unhealthy trends—poor perceived value, lack of affodability, and low completion rates—in higher education? Susan Pendergrass explores the problems and offers possible solutions. Click on the link below to read the entire essay.