Ethan Zuckerman says “We need to rethink the whole four year college experience – this isn’t working, and it may be setting us further back as a society.”

He makes a strong case:

Students make bad decisions in part because they’ve got very little support. There’s roughly eight hundred students for every college admission counselors. Only 23% of students have the math, reading, science skills to fully embrace higher education. They’re playing catch up, which is never fun.

The financial consequences are serious. 28% of college graduates delay having kids due to student loans, and more delay buying a house. She believes that lots aren’t getting much for their investment. Only 39% of college graduates felt they were doing more critical thinking after their four year college experience.

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Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.