High-Priced Higher Education

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Another school year has begun leading to age old questions like: is this degree worth it? The New Yorker takes a look at college degrees and how over the last century, the liberal arts degree that once served as a ticket to white-collar, upper-middle-class careers has since become a basic resume builder for service jobs like barista.

However, don’t be so quick to insist that Master’s degrees are the new Bachelor’s degree. Fast Company decided to tackle the question of whether MFA programs are worth the money. The answer is a resounding “Maybe?” followed by a sad face emoticon.

It seems just about the only thing anyone can agree on is that college tuition costs a lot, and the always sensible New York Times Magazine examines what students get in return for their lifetime of debt that not even bankruptcy can dissolve.


Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →