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How College Graduates Are Coping With Uncertainty & The Future of Higher Education

Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group
UC Berkeley campus after the cancellation of in-person classes due to coronavirus began, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing how college graduates are coping as they enter one of the bleakest job markets in history. The average college student owes $29,000 in debt and now they're facing soaring unemployment. How are they coping?

Later in the show, we'll discuss how colleges are dealing with financial uncertainty. Many experts predict we will see a dip in enrollment across the board and public colleges will bear the brunt. How can we use this moment to make higher education affordable for all? 


Christopher Newfield, professor of English at UC Santa Barbara, blogger at Remaking the University, and author ofThe Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them


Dr. Jeff Strohl, director of research at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and author of The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America

Web Resources:


Hechinger Report, Michele Streeter & Jessica Thompson:The dire need for significant federal investment in U.S. colleges and their students


The Chronicle of Higher Education, Christopher Newfield:Only Free College Can Save Us From This Crisis


NYMag, James Walsh:The Coming Disruption


The Wall Street Journal, Janet Adamy: Millennials Slammed by Second Financial Crisis Fall Even Further Behind

The Washington Post, Andrew Van Dam:The unluckiest generation in U.S. history