In a recent publication, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York took up the question: ‘Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs?’ The report, which attracted the interest of several mainstream news organizations, noted that, at the end of 2013, aggregate student debt in the United States exceeded $1 trillion, and more than 11% of student loan balances are either delinquent or in default. These unfortunate facts, however, do not vitiate the welcome finding that the college degree has maintained a steady ROI of 15%, which, the authors note, ‘easily surpasses the threshold for a sound investment’. Granted, this 15% has held steady only because the wages of people without college degrees have been falling faster than the wages of college graduates. But these unfortunate social facts are irrelevant to the concept of a sound investment in any case. The authors do go on to caution, however, that ‘while the benefits of college still outweigh the costs on average, not all college degrees are an equally good investment’. Continue reading
The Association for Adorno Studies would like to introduce a new series of blog posts, called “Adorno in Context,” wherein Adorno scholars write more casually, through a lens inspired and informed by Adorno’s thinking, on elements of the modern world. Upcoming, we will have an initial series of posts by Roger Foster (Burrough Manhattan Community College, CUNY) and later, others by Surti Singh (American University in Cairo) and Gordon Finlayson (University of Sussex). We hope you’ll find them interesting, and please do not hesitate to comment.