Can higher education be saved from itself?

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Brian Rosenberg, Professor Emeritus of Macalester College, offers a candid and often provocative critique of America's universities in his new book, "Whatever It Is, I'm Against It: Resistance to Change in Higher Education."
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Americans’ faith in the value of higher education is faltering.

Unlike our global peers, the U.S. is seeing a steady decline in college enrollment and graduation rates, especially among young men. Since 1992, the sticker price for four-year private colleges has almost doubled and more than doubled for four-year public colleges, even after adjusting for inflation. Student debt is paralyzing. And Gen Z is watching. About half believe a high school diploma is sufficient to “ensure financial security.”

What can higher education do?

Macalester College President Emeritus Brian Rosenberg has some thoughts — but he admits, many in academia won’t like them. His provocative new book is “Whatever It Is, I’m Against It: Resistance to Change in Higher Education,” and he joins host Kerri Miller this week for a discussion that names those things. Is it possible for colleges and universities to stay relevant and adapt to a changing world?


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