How Elon Musk, University of Utah president differ on importance of college

New president Taylor Randall has an ambitious vision for his university, including becoming top 10 in the nation.

Both are alums of the University of Pennsylvania, but Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk and newly inaugurated University of Utah President Taylor Randall have wildly divergent views of the value of an in-person college education.

Musk, speaking at the Satellite 2020 conference, told the audience that people “don’t need college to learn stuff.”

Musk, the world’s richest man who was seeking to buy Twitter on Thursday, earned dual bachelor degrees, an economics degree from the Wharton School and then a bachelor’s degree in physics from Penn.

Randall, who earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the Wharton School of Business, said Musk is correct, if someone is merely interested in learning information.

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