Video: George Leef on Higher Education - Oversold and Underperforming

George Leef, director of research at the Pope Center and NAS Blog contributor, is this week's guest on Inside Academia. He spoke about his report, "The Overselling of Higher Education," and warned that Americans will soon realize they are paying too much for too little education at our colleges and universities.

Click on the video below to watch the 15-minute interview. 


Key Take-Aways

  • 2:00 – Young Americans are told to go to college to get credentialed for a career – but many are no better than if they dropped out of high school. (1 min)
  • 4:40 – Guidance Counselors think they look bad if they don’t push everyone into college. (30 sec)
  • 5:30 – About half of students, but at some schools a huge percentage are weak and disengaged kids – if they didn’t go, a lot of these schools would have virtually no students. (30 sec)
  • 8:00 – College administrators really know they’re just “processing” the kids and taking their money.  But they (students) can’t even write a paragraph. (2 min)
  • 11:00 – When is the ‘credential bubble’ going to pop?  Why spend $100,000 or more to find out what you already know? (2 min)
  • 13:30 – Higher Education Reform: where the Left and the Right meet. (1 min)
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