Is Higher Education Still Worth the Cost?

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With the cost of higher education rising ever higher even as the economy sputters, can we still justify this enormous expense? Liberal arts degrees send students and their parents into serious debt—in some cases more than $100,000—with no guarantee of payoff in a stagnant job market.

From a purely practical perspective, the costs of foregoing college have never been higher, as men without college degrees have been hardest-hit by the recent recession in the United States. Theirs have been the first jobs to disappear. But in this brief interview, Wheaton College president Phil Ryken looks at some of the other values of higher education, particularly the benefits of Christ-centered instruction modeled at his and other like-minded Christian colleges.