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Across the country, and particularly in Missouri, higher education is in crisis. Increasing numbers of prospective students (and their parents) feel that a college degree is no longer worth the required time and expense. Many of those who want to attend college simply can't afford it, and many who do attend college drop out before earning a degree.

But the career prospects for someone entering the workforce are still highly dependent on his or her educational attainment. So how can Missouri reverse these unhealthy trends—poor perceived value, lack of affodability, and low completion rates—in higher education? Susan Pendergrass explores the problems and offers possible solutions. Click on the link below to read the entire essay.

About the Author

Susan Pendergrass
Director of Research and Education Policy

Susan Pendergrass was Vice President of Research and Evaluation for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools before joining the Show-Me Institute. Prior to coming to the National Alliance, Susan was a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education during the Bush administration and a senior research scientist at the National Center for Education Statistics during the Obama administration. She earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University.