The Value of Education

As both college graduates and non-graduates strike out on their own, the reality of limited job opportunities hits home. National college debt is at an all-time high. In traditional and social media, on campuses nationwide and in general conversation, American college students and graduates are asking themselves tough questions about the value of their college education.

  • Dr. Marty Meznar thinks so and believes the world is our classroom.

    Is it possible to assign value to a four-year education? We all have to make decisions about how to invest our limited funds. We all need food, shelter, clothing, transportation and have a host of other financial obligations. A college education is in a different category of expenses; it is discretionary. Potential students, and often their parents, must decide if the cost of college is a good investment.

  • Our Distinguished Alumni weigh in

    Appalachian State University has educated generations of students in the liberal arts tradition.  What does this mean for our graduates, who likely do not learn the same skills acquired in a trade school or technical college? How does this kind of education prepare our graduates for success in the job market and in life?