What is the Value of Higher Education?

Does higher education benefit the society or the individual? Should it be treated as a consumer good or as something that improves our economy and the society as a whole? What are the factors that guide the policies of governments with respect to funding post-secondary education?

“University education makes students more agreeable, conscientiousness”, Oxford University Press USA, via Science Daily, March 12, 2018
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180312085051.htm

“University education and non-cognitive skill development” by Sonja C Kassenboehmer, Felix Leung and Stefanie Schurer, Oxford Economic Papers, 12 March 2018
https://academic.oup.com/oep/article-abstract/70/2/538/4917356?redirectedFrom=fulltext

“Who Foots Most of the Bill for Public Colleges? In 28 States, It’s Students” by Dan Bauman, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 29, 2019
https://www.chronicle.com/article/Who-Foots-Most-of-the-Bill-for/242959

“Explainer: Enrolment and funding in Ontario’s K-12 schools” by Margaret Campbell, Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity, September 24, 2018
https://www.competeprosper.ca/blog/explainer-enrolment-and-funding-in-ontarios-k-12-schools

“Declining enrolment has Ontario colleges facing an uphill battle: PwC report” by Simona Chiose, The Globe and Mail, January 26, 2017
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/declining-enrolment-has-ontario-colleges-facing-an-uphill-battle-pwc-report/article33770081/

“Is College Worth It?” by Jill Schlesinger, Linked In, April 20, 2016
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/college-worth-jill-schlesinger

“A University of, by and for the People” by Sarah Vowell, The New York Times, February 18, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/opinion/sunday/university-montana-anniversary-tax.html

Higher Education in Canada: Different Systems, Different Perspectives, edited by Glen Jones,
Routledge: New York, Garland, 1997
https://books.google.ca/books/about/Higher_Education_in_Canada.html?id=trZ-BVsBUPQC&redir_esc=y

“Service or Captivity? Business-University Relations in the Twentieth Century” by Paul Axelrod, chapter in Universities in Crisis: A Mediaeval Institution in the Twenty-First Century, edited by William A.W. Neilson & Chad Gaffield, The Institute for Research on Public Policy: Montreal, 1986
https://www.worldcat.org/title/universities-in-crisis-a-mediaeval-institution-in-the-twenty-first-century/oclc/15204873


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