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The issues at the heart of the higher education debate in America are simple:
cost, debt and jobs.

The cost of college has reached a level where many qualified students, and their families, cannot afford the expense.
“There is no issue that worries the American public more about higher education than the soaring cost of attending college.”
    - http://www.issues.org/26.4/long.html

Students are graduating with more debt than ever before—recently surpassing the nation’s credit card debt. In the US, 40% of students graduate with debt.
    - http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/03/06/5-shocking-facts-about-student-loan-debt

Beginning with the recession in 2008-2009 and continuing through today, college graduates are often unemployed or underemployed.
    - http://news.rutgers.edu/medrel/news-releases/2012/05/chasing-the-american-20120510

Yet, in spite of the rising cost, debt levels at graduation and increased competition for jobs, a college degree remains an important predictor of future success. College graduates can expect better employment prospects and higher salaries (nearly twice as much) than those without bachelor’s degrees.

An investment in college still pays.
    - http://cew.georgetown.edu/collegeadvantage

Even more important, in today’s world an education that combines elements of the liberal arts with professional education is of particular value.
    - http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2004/10/the-third-way/303512/

While many institutions are failing to provide the hard and soft skills needed to succeed, RWU is uniquely positioned to equip students with an academic experience that crosses traditional boundaries, blending the liberal arts with education for the professions.