Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Senator John F. Kerry joined 13 college presidents and some 100 students from across the area for a wide-ranging discussion yesterday that emphasized the need to keep higher education affordable for the middle class.
In an interview after the meetings, held at Emerson College, Kerry said one key point is to persuade government officials and voters that higher education still deserves a large share of state and federal funding.
“This is not spending; this is an investment,’’ he said. “Every student that graduates represents X amount increase to your economy and X amount to your tax base. It pays for itself many times over.’’
Yet institutions of higher education must do their part to keep tuition in check and provide students with skills that will enable them to find jobs, he said.