A Student's Voice in The Cost of Education

by Guest Blogger | March 12, 2013 12:00 am

Guest Post By Leighton Watson, Sophomore at Howard University

The quest for higher education can be a huge investment made by young adults and their families. Due to the recession, high unemployment rates and high student loan payments, it seems like everyone wants to jump in on the debate on revamping the higher education model for the job market.

As a sophomore at Howard University, I recently had the pleasure of attending an event co-hosted by Young Invincibles and the US Chamber of Commerce, “Getting to Work: What Students and Employers Need From Higher Education.” I was excited to be a part of the dialogue linking business professionals, education officials, and student leaders. This event seemed like an avenue for me to interject the student voice into a much-needed conversation, and I was right.

While at the event, each student was placed at a roundtable with at least one education official and business leader. This set up allowed for a vibrant and open dialogue that spurred efficient, simple, tangible solutions. Much of the discussion centered on the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act. This piece of legislation calls for greater transparency in colleges and universities by publishing the outcomes information of their graduates by major.

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This blog originally appeared on the Young Invincibles blog. Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to mobilizing and expanding opportunities for young Americans between 18 and 34 years of age on issues like higher education, health care, and jobs.

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