Why invest many dollars, actual or borrowed, into a college that will expect students to learn, yet holds itself to another standard when it comes to expanding horizons? Rising seniors and their parents who seek a valuable degree, consistently ask us questions about the value of a degree from X college or university over another. One criteria to assess value is how student centered the institution is, as well as how does the university challenge itself to grow and learn? Sustainability efforts and “greening” a campus are common indicators of the institution seeking continuous improvement, thus setting an example as a “learning organization.” Before investing $125,000 to $250,000 of your, your family’s, your future income (i.e. loans) or some combination of all three, why wouldn’t you want to know how the institution itself learns, so the college does not just talk the talk, it walks the walk when it comes to becoming educated?
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