Amid falling public confidence, forum speakers defend value of a college degree

While public perceptions of the value of going to college have diminished in recent years, experts argue the lifelong earning potential for someone with a bachelor’s degree is worth the investment.

That was the message Wednesday from a forum about the future of flagship universities held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While ideological battles over diversity programs, curriculum and funding continue, universities must forcefully advocate for their value to society, the panelists said.

“The value proposition of higher education is in question more than I would argue it ever has been before,” said Taylor Odle, a professor in UW-Madison’s department of educational policy studies.

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