MPR forum's food for thought: Is college still a good investment?

Thinking of attending MPR’s free forum tonight on higher education and the skills college students need?

Chris Farrell, economics editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace Money and author of “The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better,” has this to say about the debate over the value of a degree:

The current fad for totting up a handful of negatives and dismissing the worth of college is wrongheaded. So is the fashionable emphasis on an impressive list of college dropouts — from Steve Jobs of Apple to Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook — to argue that young people can succeed without a degree.

No, the unmistakable message from the turbulent economy of recent years is that postsecondary education remains valuable in the job market, perhaps more than ever. Postsecondary education is a necessary, even if not guaranteed, ticket into a middle class job and lifestyle.

Read his full commentary here and click here for your free ticket and further information. It’s at 7 p.m. at MPR’s headquarters in downtown St. Paul.