Planning for Higher Education Journal

Higher Education: America’s Vital Investment

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From Volume 26 Number 2 | Winter 1997–1998
By Jeffery Olson

Asserts that campus officials have spent too much time apologizing for higher education’s costs, when instead they should be marshalling evidence to demonstrate the very real returns investment in higher education has for society and for individuals. Reviews recent research on higher education and productivity and stresses the contribution colleges and universities have made to the development of physical capital and an educated workforce. Higher education is expensive, and in many cases its benefits are not immediate; yet the author contends that ultimately, institutions of higher education pay for themselves.

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