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WKash
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8/30/2013 | 7:29:31 PM
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I'm all for evidence based tools for deciding investments. But I think while students may have better tools for deciding where to invest their education dollars, the information will fail to help them see the bigger lessons of economics at work. Namely: Colleges' dependence on federal (need we spellout: Taxpayers') dollars, which continues to give colleges the incentive to borrow more, build more, charge more. So while students may have more data to choose school A over B, their overall investment in college is becoming a costly investment with a ever-poorer ROI. Add to that the fact that taxpayers now back $1 trillion in college loans, and it's getting a little scary to see the next great bubble after housing showing up on college campuses.
Kelly22
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8/29/2013 | 3:46:06 PM
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As a recent grad, I would say that my peers were very aware of the economic implications of their majors, but personality and interests were also factors when it came to selecting a field. Plenty of students who went into business or engineering were interested in their studies, but also chose their majors because of job security. Those who chose less lucrative majors did so with future plans in mind, and put forth greater effort to secure post-grad plans such as jobs, internships, or grad school to get ahead with their degrees.
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8/29/2013 | 1:37:41 PM
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It's hard to say. It depends on a number of factors -- the student's personality, interests and maturity among them. It also depends on the student's financial situation and, to some extent, the level of parental involvement in the student's education. It seems to me that college students today are more connected to economic implications than those in my college days (early '80s), given the much higher costs (even adjusted for inflation) and more unstable economy.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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8/28/2013 | 8:50:54 PM
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Do you agree that students are too often disconnected from the economic implications of the school they enroll in or the discipline they choose to study?


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