Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission? Essay

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Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission?
When it comes to the topic of attending college, most of us will readily agree that obtaining a higher education is important. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of paying for it. Whereas some are convinced that tuition is too high, others maintain that it is important no matter the cost. Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus address just such an issue in their essay “Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission”. Hacker and Dreifus discuss the issue of college tuition fees versus the quality of teaching they offer, but also point out that “colleges are taking on too many roles and doing none of them well” (180). They offer solutions and several proposals on how to
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“For many students, college is a time of personal growth and social development-a chance to make friends, get to know people from different backgrounds, and explore new ideas and activities” (177). This interpretation challenges the work of those critics who have long assumed that a college education is not worth its price.
Ultimately, what is at stake here is whether or not college is worth its price. In my opinion, I consider the price of education and investment and think that it is worth every penny. I have experienced the importance of a higher education personally because I did not attend school earlier in life. I see, now, how much that has affected me, not only financially, but the way I communicate with others. Not being a native-English speaker has been difficult and I know that I would have benefited from a higher education more than most. Furthermore, with a college education, I have faith that, although the economy is bumpy at this moment, I will have a better chance at finding a job. As a father, I know that a college education is the best investment that I will make for my children and know that it will make them cultured and refined. Consequently, a diploma is something that can never be taken from them and it is the best decision my wife and I will make. In conclusion these questions will remain “are colleges giving good value for those investments? What are

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