Kalamazoo College President Addresses College Affordability And The Value Of Liberal Arts Degree During Annual Update

Friday, October 19, 2012
Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran focused on college affordability, the importance of a liberal arts degree and briefed alumni on recent developments during an annual Homecoming update, released on YouTube on Wednesday. Besides touting the college’s many achievements, such as being included in the 2011 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and ranked among the best in Washington Monthly’s recent reports, she also coolly nudged University of Michigan. Despite Kalamazoo College's yearly tuition, room and board price tagged at $46,000 a year, Oyelaran emphasized that K-College graduates earn a degree with less debt – on average of $3,000 less – than University of Michigan graduates. In an effort to debunk various "myths" about student debt accrued at liberal arts colleges, she said many independent colleges offer more grants and scholarships than their public or for-profit cohorts.

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