Is College Worth It? Reframing the Debate Around College Costs and Value

National University President & CEO Mark Milliron on reframing the debate around college costs and value at the 2023 ASU+GSV Summit.

Against a backdrop of declining enrollment and wavering public confidence in higher education, the complex debate around the value of the degree often boils down to four simple words: “Is college worth it?” But the allure of this seemingly straightforward question ignores important questions around cost, access, time to degree, relevance to employers. This fireside chat will make the case for a new model of “value rich” education—with a plea to move away from zero-sum game that pits degrees and credentials against each other.