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Measuring the Value of Higher Education
What is a college degree worth? To the student? To the student's family? To the local community, the state and the country?

These are questions that have long been the subject of discussion and debate. To some, particularly politicians, the answer is a simple ROI question. But others argue for a range of tools to measure the value of higher education. After all, by ROI measures alone, colleges would not be encouraged to produce the teachers and social workers we need, let alone serious scholars of the liberal arts. And rankings of colleges, while popular, do not come close to telling the whole story.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported the work this year of the Postsecondary Value Commission, which came up with a new way to evaluate colleges. It focuses on the experience of students, and especially of minority students, of women and of those from low-income backgrounds.

Join Inside Higher Ed Editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman, as they discuss the articles and essays in the newly-released compilation, "Measuring the Value of Higher Education," which examines the efforts of the Gates Foundation, and of other groups to judge the value of higher education.

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Oct 20, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Scott Jaschik
Co-founder and Editor @Inside Higher Ed
Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Doug Lederman
Co-founder and Editor @Inside Higher Ed
Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University.