Higher education benefits outweigh challenges

Monday, December 9, 2013

Higher education is for everyone. And every single student in Montana needs to hear that message.

Unfortunately, some are not. Some students are being told, implicitly or explicitly, that college isn’t the best post-graduation option for them. As a consequence, instead of deciding which route to higher education to pursue, some Montana high school seniors are trying to decide whether to pursue higher education at all.

That needs to change. Though there are undeniable barriers, and some of these barriers are harder for some students to overcome than others, the many benefits of higher education far outweigh any challenges – and those benefits apply to everyone.

In recent years, the discussion of those advantages has increasingly focused on the economic value of a university education. Perhaps this is because the recent recession and higher unemployment have driven income and earnings into the forefront of the conversation; perhaps, also, because these benefits are easier to quantify.

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