Ind. pols reassess higher ed. amid rough economy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Mitch Daniels has an intriguing perspective for an incoming university president. He says not every Hoosier should get a traditional college degree.

Daniels will almost certainly make changes at Purdue University when he takes control of the flagship college in January.

Spending on higher education and the value of a traditional college degree have increasingly become dominant topics in the national political debate as job growth continues to struggle and the cost of education increases.

Republicans have increasingly argued that bachelor's degrees are not for everyone. But Patrick Callan of the Higher Education Policy Institute says that argument misses the point. He says the debate over higher education in America has long revolved around whether students smart enough to earn a degree can pay for it.

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