In today’s world, for anyone hoping to prosper, college is not a luxury but a necessity. Unfortunately, students are increasingly being priced out of higher education, including public higher education. Many can attend our public colleges only because they or their parents are making great personal sacrifices: As the New York Times Magazine recently noted, “today’s student debt may have explosive consequences for society.”
We agree with Governor Patrick that all high school graduates should have access to a quality, affordable public university or college. But right now, despite its reliance on a “knowledge economy,” Massachusetts lags behind many other states in achieving this goal.