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June 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

College graduation

Higher education may no longer be worth it

We sacrifice our young people and their very future on the altar of consumerism that the college experience has become. The Times quotes the American Enterprise Institute that the college-graduation rate in our state is 59 percent in six years [“College graduation rate: We’re among the best, but …” page one, June 3]. Less than 60 percent of the time, we get what we think we’re buying.

Imagine the consumer outcry if the performance rates of electricity, running water, trash pickup or automobile reliability were only 60 percent. Combine the appalling higher-education results with the grim picture painted by The Times in the October series on college debt and it is obvious that we are being sold, and settling for, a bill of goods.

As soon as we began to regard college students as consumers instead of as our hope for the future, we began to care only about the short-term profits we could squeeze out of credit-fueled spending, creating enclaves of distraction instead of education.

My question is if entering college after high school represents a good investment and preparation for the future.

— Liz Tidyman, Bellevue

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