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December 12, 2013

Jim Bailey:The high cost of higher education hits home at AU


I recall reading one essay in freshman English titled “Even A.B.’s Must Eat.” Indeed, a nephew of ours who holds a college degree in a potentially profitable field such as engineering or architecture or something of the sort has been working in a music store for the past year or two.

Thus the trend toward students spending out thousands of dollars, regardless of who’s footing the bill, on courses they like are opting for more practical avenues of education that carry the potential of paying for themselves over time. AU’s engineering courses, for instance, are booming even if overall enrollment is waning. And greater numbers of students are choosing niche educations at places like Ivy Tech instead of a four-year college degree.

So awaits the challenge of adapting today’s college education for the changing society in which we live. A college degree still holds the potential for valuable careers in today’s world. But the minefields along the way require some painful adjustments in getting there.

Jim Bailey’s column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by email at



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