Sunday Reflection: The higher ed bubble is bursting, so what comes next?
- A couple of years back, I suggested in these pages that higher education was facing a bubble much like the housing bubble: An overpriced good, propped up by cheap government-subsidized credit, luring borrowers and lenders alike into a potentially disastrous mess.
Subsequent events have proved me right as students have begun to think twice about indebtedness and schools have begun to face pressure over tuition. For higher education, costs have skyrocketed even as the value of their product has been declining, and people are starting to notice.
Just last week, the New York Times, normally a big fan of higher education, ran an article on "The Dwindling Power of a College Degree."