Pro to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"
"In boom times and recession, labor market figures consistently show that college graduates have a much lower unemployment rate than their less-educated peers. In May , for example, the government reported that 95.5% of college graduates 25 and older were employed, compared with 90.3% of high school graduates and 85.4% of those without a high school diploma.
In addition, a new Georgetown University study that analyzed the earning outcomes of 171 types of college degrees found that every single one generates a positive return -- even after college costs and foregone earnings are taken into account. It found that, overall, college graduates make 84% more over a lifetime than their high school-educated counterparts...
[P]reparing students for careers is just one important part of what colleges do. For example, in a recent national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, more than 90% of college graduates reported that college helped them grow intellectually and mature as individuals. College expands students' horizons, exposes them to ideas and fields of study they might not encounter otherwise and fosters relationships with diverse peers. It prepares people to become engaged citizens in ways that few other experiences can...
Time and again, countries have relied on colleges and universities as the surefire way to expand their economies and promote social mobility. In the 1950s, the dramatic expansion of higher education in the United States helped create the American middle class. In one generation, South Korea propelled itself from the ranks of the world's poorest nations to among the world's richest, in large part by emphasizing higher education."
"A College Education Is Your Best Bet," www.cnn.com, June 9, 2011
Experts Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of higher education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of higher education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
President, Northeastern University, Aug. 15, 2006-present
Fellow, Linguistic Society of America, 2011
Recipient, MIT Robert A. Muh Alumni Award in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, 2011
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010
Recipient, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, American College of Thessaloniki, 2009
Recipient, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Hebrew Union College, 2007
Recipient, Chevalier de L’ordre des Palmes Academiques (Knight of the Order of the Academic Palms), French Government, 2006
Former Dean, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, University of Southern California
Former Endowed Chair, Anna H. Bing Dean's Chair in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California
Former Faculty Member, Department of Linguistics, University of Southern California
Recipient, USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship, 1997
Recipient, USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, Award for The Syntax of Scope, 1993
Recipient, USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award for A Grammar of Anaphora, 1988
Former Head, Academic Senate, University of Southern California
PhD, Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981
Diploma of Advanced Studies, General and Theoretical Linguistics, University of Paris VIII, 1977
MA, Oriental Languages and Literature, Université Saint-Joseph (Beirut, Lebanon), 1975