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Quotations from Participants

“So, do we need to be worried about these young workers? Yes, recent graduates at the beginning of their careers face earnings well below their future earnings and are at risk for large shocks due to the high rates of unemployment. These findings do not indicate, however, that college degrees are a bad investment.”
—Beth Akers, “Assessing the Plight of Recent College Grads”
“Students are left to pile up more debt while colleges indulge in their Edifice Complex—building luxury dorms and gyms and stadiums (all ‘sustainable,’ of course) at the expense of poorer students.”
—Richard Vedder, “Stop Subsidizing Colleges’ 100-Year Debt Binge”
“[Universities] resemble string quartets. How does one make a string quartet more efficient? Cut it back to a trio? Get the musicians to play faster? At what point does the value engineering so impact on the sociology, the environment of the enterprise, as to be a substantive change? And why aren’t more people talking about this on campus?”
—Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, “The Complexities of Cost”
“People are investing a lot of money in a four-year degree, in some cases $240,000, and they’re entitled to know what they can expect when they finish. But you have to be very careful how you analyze the data. Just because Harvey Mudd produces science, engineering and technology graduates who get high salaries, does that make it the best school in America? How do you value teaching and other fields valuable to society that aren’t paid nearly as much?”
—Robert Morse, “New Metric for Colleges: Graduates’ Salaries”