Not very long ago, the very idea that someone should skip straight out of high school and into a job was ill-advised. In today’s economic climate though, skipping college could be the way to go. But considering the amount of loans and the number of years it takes many students to get that degree, these days, some experts are coming out and saying what was once unspeakable: maybe college isn’t the best investment. In an attempt to dampen the financial issues for some young people and for the economy, many young people are now considering going directly from high school to the workforce. How will this change the landscape of higher learning in America? Do students prefer to be debt-free rather than be college graduates?
Richard K. Vedder, founder of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a research nonprofit in Washington
Sara Goldrick-Rab, is an assistant professor of educational-policy studies and sociology