Monday, September 12, 2022

Is College Worth It?


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Is College Worth It?

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by Adrienne Lu, Chronicle of Higher Education

"When President Biden unveiled his unprecedented plan for student-loan forgiveness last month, he alluded to a growing concern for some: that college, in some cases, just isn’t worth it.

“An entire generation is now saddled with unsustainable debt in exchange for an attempt, at least, at a college degree,” Biden said in his speech announcing the plan, which would forgive up to $20,000 in federal student loans for individuals earning under $125,000 annually, helping up to 43 million borrowers. “The burden is so heavy that even if you graduate, you may not have access to the middle-class life that the college degree once provided.”

It’s a message that many in higher education would prefer not to acknowledge. And yet with college attendance on the decline and an enrollment cliff not far on the horizon, the future of the industry may well depend, in part, on how well colleges can counter that belief."

>> Why It Matters: "It’s still true that for most Americans, a college degree pays off. Those with bachelor’s degrees earn a median of $2.8 million over their careers, 75 percent more than those with only a high-school diploma, for example, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce."

>> The Big Picture: "This isn’t the first time Americans have questioned the value of higher education, said Anthony P. Carnevale, a research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. “This rhetoric that you don’t need to go to college has been a persistent problem in the United States,” he said."

>> What They're Saying: “We know that the number-one reason why students attend college nowadays is for greater employability and to have a financially secure future,” Michael Itzkowitz, a senior fellow for higher education at the left-leaning think tank Third Way, said. “So ultimately, we need to ensure that students and taxpayers are getting what they expect out of a postsecondary degree.”

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2. Governors Release Prez Job Description


"The NCAA Board of Governors search committee has released a job description to guide it in the search for a new NCAA president. It was developed after a comprehensive listening phase that included months of stakeholder feedback led by search firm TurnkeyZRG.

"Some of the items that stood out in the research include a need to build and re-establish trust, the ability to solve complex business and governance issues with many stakeholder groups, and the need to diversify and grow revenue streams," board chair Linda A. Livingstone, president of Baylor, wrote in a memo to member schools Friday. "These are findings that certainly speak to the historic nature of the challenges facing college athletics today."

TurnkeyZRG finished its listening phase after conducting sessions with 79 groups and meetings with more than 300 stakeholders, plus an online survey.

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3. Warhawks Topple Top-Ranked UMHB

Tommy Coates hauls in the game-winning touchdown pass from Evan Lewandowski
photo by Michael McLoone

Down goes No. 1.

Sixth-ranked UW-Whitewater marched 99 yards in 12 plays, scoring the game-winning touchdown with 0:19 remaining as the Warhawks upended top-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor, 28-24.

QB Evan Lewandowski tossed a 9-yard scoring pass to WR Tommy Coates to send the announced crowd of 14,123 at Perkins Stadium into a frenzy.

The win was the 43rd straight regular-season home win for UWW.

North Central (Ill.) moved into the top spot in's latest rankings.

  1. North Central, Ill. (14), 1-0
  2. Saint John's (7), 2-0
  3. Mount Union (4), 1-0
  4. UW-Whitewater, 1-1
  5. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 1-1
  6. Hardin-Simmons, 1-0
  7. Trinity, Texas, 2-0
  8. Linfield, 1-0
  9. Johns Hopkins, 2-0
  10. Wheaton, Ill., 0-1
11-15: UW-La Crosse, Central, Ithaca, Cortland, Delaware Valley
16-20: UW-Oshkosh, UW-River Falls, Muhlenberg, Randolph-Macon, Carnegie Mellon
21-25: Bethel, Heidelberg, Susquehanna, UW-Platteville, Washington & Jefferson

>> Complete Poll

4.  Lightning Round 


  • It was a good weekend for the top-ranked team in DIII, as Claremont-M-S defeated No. 2 Trinity (Texas), No. 7 Johns Hopkins, and No. 14 Emory. Jenna Holmes was named the MVP of the East-West Classic as the Athens moved to 7-0.


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note: TD catch was made by Tommy Coates.

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