As many of you are aware, Andrew Rossi has recently turned out another documentary titled Ivory Tower. In this new film, Rossi, turns his attention to the “news in spring 2012 that national student loan debt had exceded a trillion dollars, accompanied by the disclosure that the cost of college tuition has increased by 1,120 percent since 1978. . . .”1 Rossi points out that for many students, college is thought to be a “social playground”—a dangerous notion that can overshadow the primary purpose of pursuing a post-secondary education, and one that can leave a student without good grades or connections and deeply in debt. Certainly, the issue of student debt is important to colleges and universities.
Are you seeing responses or reactions to this issue from your institution? If so, what is the conversation, and what plans are forming to address the concern?
Footnote: Some of the information and the direct quote were taken from the following website: