The traditional four-year college experience is in danger of becoming a thing the past. As more students graduate with staggering debt and fewer job prospects, many are questioning the value of a college degree. College is becoming a place where a growing number of students go to gain credentials. It used to be a place where young people discovered their passions and tested ideas with the help of teachers and peers. Andrew Blabanco says that kind of experience remains central to America’s democratic process. He and Diane discuss why he believes a liberal arts education still matters.

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  • Andrew Delbanco the Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and the Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.

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Excerpted from “College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be” by Andrew Delbanco. Copyright © 2012 by Princeton University Press. Reprinted by permission.

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