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Professor Allison Fernley

English 1010

23 October 2012

Is college valuable it?

Higher Education in the United States is the best investment of money and time that Americans should do. I am interested in these essays because of my love for the education. To me, the most people with higher education are likely to strong society.

Because college degree salaries are done pretty well, it makes sense that for college students debts are exactly like investment in themselves. Moreover, there are students who always had in mind that education is the better path to increase their yearly earned, and enhance their lifestyle. It is precisely a liberal education that allowed college students to catch up and move always ahead. The liberal arts have a range of disciplines in the natural sciences, the humanities and the social sciences.

In my synthesis, I am including a collection of summaries from some articles of columnists of well-known Newspaper. These writers make valuable arguments focusing on the topic of higher education, which certainly characterizes the making of Americans capable of being inspirational and in genuine.

Addison, Liz. "Two Years Are better Than Four." Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst. They Say I Say The Moves That Matter in Academic Writting. New York: W.W. Norton & Company inc., 2012. 211-214.

This essay was a runner-up in a New York Times Magazine college essay contest. Liz Addison graduated from the Southern Maine Community College, and she wrote her experiences as a student at this campus, and in response to Rick Perlstein’s opinion piece “What’s the matter with College” in which he argues that universities no longer matter as much as they once did.

In this history Addison filled with an example, by doing so she used her narrative autobiography rooted in her own experience as a student at one American community college in which she entered with lack of knowledge and transfer to the university full of dreams.

Indeed, she believes that a community college system is nation’s uniquely great institutions, and she also argued that all Americans main goal should be going to college. Besides that Allison reports that youth who believe in college education have the wonderful opportunity of choosing one path from more than fifteen hundred inside of those institution, and there students will find discoveries of a first independent though.

Addison appeals to readers, she essentially tries to change their minds of some indecisive youth who do not know what to do with the rest of their life. The emotion she invokes is landed in the next the sentence “I had the good fortune to land me in America Community College and now I see my admission to the University of Privilege” (Addison 213). Nevertheless Rick Perlstein:“Says college does no longer holds importance, he mourn for both the individual and society” (Addison 213). Addison is rejected Perlstein’ report, she does this by arguing that Perlstein “Has never set foot in an American community college” (Addison 212). Indeed, Addison uses her ability to suggest that the Community College System has a huge future treasure for every student, who attends its schools.

I chose Addison piece to show how her autobiography argues that community colleges really still matters, because it is an excellent investments of time and money, or putting in other way community college offer the best investment than ever, because the future demands citizens well prepared and wise, in order to become competent for handle the advanced technology.

Katherine, Mangan. “The Chronicle of Higher Education”. Community College Degree

Often Smooths the Path to a B.A. 1-4. 11 14 2012. 11 14 2012.

According to Megan’s article she believes in the fact that community college students are more motived and self-confident as a result of their studies in the college, because into it they develop new skills, and a greater sense of future purposes. She argues that students success at four years institutions are based solely on the attainment of an Associate degree Mangan’s report appeal to emotion, since this report comes about college competition rates in both two, and four-year colleges. She, also argues from the community colleges students that when they transfer to four years universities, perform academically as well as or better than the native students. However, four-year colleges, faced with dozens of transfer agreements with two years colleges, often deny credits for courses are do not count them toward a student graduation requirements.

I chose Megan’ article to makes clear that college students often do better academically than students who began as freshman at the four years universities.

McArdle, Megan. "The College Bubble." Newsweek 160.12 (2012): 22-26. 6 11 2012. .

Megan’ article discusses higher education in our country, by doing so, he uses considerable statistic data that show: the real value of a college diploma, the cost of the tuition, students borrowing debts.

Many students are focused on the real value of college diploma, since these diplomas become a rule to get new and better jobs. So too “College graduates now make 80 percent more than people who have only a high school diploma” (Megan). But, now it is virtually impossible to conceive of high-school students making enough with summer jobs and part-time jobs during to the school year to put themselves through a four- year school.

Megan’s appeals to the emotion by describing a large debate among economists, whose discus in here is that how much is the worth of the higher education and how much is the value of the credential degree, by extension these debate has mega importance in actual American society. According to Megan, education always has been one of the most important things for every family, and especially for middle-class households. And the other good thing is that most of the time credentials are able open doors of excellent jobs to future graduates, and also they will enable to make much money later.

I am considered this work because Megan’s article is supported by the amounts of data, which makes clear that both the higher education and the degrees or diplomas worth their prices in our country and around the world.

Mills, Nicolaus. "The Corporatization of higher Education." (2012): 6-9. 25 10 2012. .

Nicolas Mills is professor of American Studies at Sarah Laurence College. His most recent book are Winning the Peace, The Martial Plan, and Americas Coming of Age as a Superpower.

Mills’ article pointed too much at the direction of the corporatization of higher education, which it is main model it comes representing both: expensive to run and difficult to reform as a result its focus on status.

According to Mills’ article the most visible sign of the corporatization of higher education lies in the commitment that colleges and universities have made to win the ratings war perpetuated by the kinds of ranking U.S. News and World Report now offers in its annual “Best College” guide (Mills). For some small colleges and universities win a “Best College” ranking is considered to success, as the state colleges does.

Mills’ report appeals to emotion by including that we are currently witnessing the rise of the imperial colleges with institutions in around the world. And he also suggests that the college corporatizations that do not have any foreign institution are fear to state left behind. In addition, Mill says that into private colleges people with Financial Aid or scholarship have to buy extravagance such spas, food courts, extra space student room, and room game of billiards, and if we see so far those amenities increase the students federal loans too. In contrast Barack Obama was calling for keeping dawn the interest rate of student loans and insisting to those colleges and universities in to make clear the costs to the students, but the Obama administration warning should not be a guide for the future.

Mills’ work will be the main point to demonstrate to my synthesis. Mill supported his arguments with statistics data that show that the corporatization of Higher Education is too expensive, but there are student to want their high education, and for them not matter the price.

Murray, Charles. "Are Too Many People Going To College." Durst, Gerald Graff Cathy Birkenstein Russel. They Say I Say The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc, 2012. 222-241.Murray has also written articles for the Whsignton Post, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.This essay, adapted from his book Real Education (2008).

Murray tries to encourage people to go to college, since part of his argument involves the core of knowledge, he also suggest that all american children should learn about history, science, music, literature.

Murray argues that the traditional liberal education is still available for people who want it, but the curriculum today includes too many courses just for vocational preparation, that will be the reason that “More than 90 percent of the high school students to go to college and only about 70 percent of them expect to work in professional jobs”(Murray).

Murray appeals to emotion by making a description about someone who is trying to decide what to study between an electrician or a hotel manager, and he suggests that only two years of class for those students are good, since most of the competence is out of college, where people learn from jobs meanwhile they go to acquire experience. Furthermore, in the case of student who wants to become a football coach, interior designer or chef, for them four years of college is too long. Nonetheless, students who want to become scientist, physicians, or biologist answers no, because to them four years of college are the minimum.

Murray’s essay will be used in my synthesis to demonstrate that four years of college are enough to people who want to take technological classes he argues that for them between four to six semesters of college is good.

Sanford J. Ungar. "The new Liberal Arts" Durst, Geral Graff Cathy Birkenstein Russel. They Say



I say The moves That Matter in Academic Writing. New York : Norton & Company, Inc., 2012. 119-97.

Sanford J. Ungar is the president of Goucher College in Baltimore, Mariland. Ungar is the author

of Fresh Blood: The New American Immigrants (1998). His extensive print journalism work

includes articles in Newsweek. This article first appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education

on March 5, 2010.

According to Ungar college students who come with prior acquaintance with certain fields and a reservoir of experience have an advantage at the start of college, but in his experience it is often the people who are newest to certain ideas and approaches who are the most original and inventive in the discussion and application of those ideas. They catch up quickly (Ungar 193).

Ungar appeal to emotion, since he believes that studying the liberal arts is actually the best form of career education. Through immersion in liberal arts, college students should be learn not just to make a living, also to live a life rich in values and character. In addition those students come to develop patterns that help them understand how to keep learning for the rest of their lives.

Wilson, Robin. "A Lifetime Student Debt? Not Likely." Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst. They Say, I Say. New York: W.W Norton & CompanyIinc., 2012. 256-272

Robin Wilson is a reporter for the Chronic of Higher Education, is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio and won a prize from the education Writers Association in 2004 for her reporting on college faculty. This article was the cover story for the May 22, 2009, issue of the Chronic of Higher Education.

Wilson’s reports use of numerical data and statistic in order to support her argument. A report leads to a particular case of seniors, who try to reach their dream American college, so to them do not matter the price to get their college diploma, which is a wonderful deal.

Wilson admits that there are large numbers of student stories who face debt, despite about of the third of graduates leave universities without debt at all for education, due that those Americans borrow a reasonable amount of bucks, and of course they can pay it back with a minimum effort. Most of the time the main problem among students who go for big amount of loans is that they are determined to attend their university dream, no matter the price.

In addition this issue offers a factual account of student loans debts, since they are facing extreme cases of high loans, meanwhile other people manage carefully decisions, and reject those college loans because they believe that it is too much to pay back, or because, actually those people get it a recent job that they prefer keep that one

Wilson’s article will be used in my work to show that she makes clear that in many cases, students who go in huge loans is because they are determined to attend their dream college, because higher education generally represent a smart idea, and a very good investment.

In sum, Higher Education is the heart of the American dream. The most fascinating property of Higher Education is because it functions like a box full of diamonds that can change the lifestyle of Americans, no matter if students come from different cultures, religions, or ethnicities. All these articles are describing how colleges are driving these students to raise the prosperity of Americans, by doing so students have the right to choose between the for-profit college, accepting the sky rocket tuition, or going at state colleges.



Wherever students want to study any subject (humanities, medicine, law or sciences) which certainly are the same into for-profit colleges or into public colleges, the difference is how those institutions run. In this sense, studying at private colleges it costs much more than students that attended public universities. Moreover, I noticed that all of these authors are intelligent people who gained the acceptance of their readers in one or the other side of their controversial articles. And if we see so far these writers have in their possession any college degree, although it is true that higher education is a very great investment of time and money.

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