I posted this as a comment on Richard Kahlenberg's Innovations blog post, "The College-for-All Debate":
Peter Wood and I debated Education Sector's Kevin Carey last week in a four-day online debate through Minnesota Public Radio. The assertion was: The drive to increase college enrollment threatens to lower academic standards.
Some main points from our closing statement: 1. Everyone should have access to college, but not everyone should go to college. 2. Most-educated is not the same as best-educated. 3. If almost everyone goes to college, a degree won’t signify any particularly noteworthy achievement. 4. A society that recognizes the laws of human nature – that each person is unique and that a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work – can then begin to help its rising generations to choose their paths. Such a recognition can also save higher education from trivializing itself into irrelevance.