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The Big Question: Is a College Degree Still Worth It?

A Q&A with National University President David Andrews on how the pandemic will transform the business of higher education.

College students should get more for their money. 

College students should get more for their money. 

Photographer: Robyn Beck/AFP

This is one of a series of interviews by Bloomberg Opinion columnists on how to solve today’s most pressing policy challenges. This conversation has been edited and condensed.

Romesh Ratnesar: You’re the president of National University, a nonprofit private university based in San Diego with a student population of 25,000, many of them working adults. One question that a lot of students, families and workers have is whether a college degree is still worth it. How do we evaluate value in higher education? In your view, is a traditional college degree still worth the investment?