How many people do you know who are pursuing higher education? Chances are your answer will largely depend on where you live.
According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 70% of potential students in the U.S. attend a higher education institution, in comparison to only 6% in Sub-Saharan Africa.
These numbers are a blatant sign of a failed system. In short, they indicate that your socio-economic status and geographic location determines whether or not you can go to college.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds this unacceptable and unnecessary.
Even in the U.S. where a majority of university-aged young people are enrolled in post-secondary education, there is still an astounding number who do not have the chance.
An education at a public four-year college costs an average of $7,020 per year for students who live in state and $11,528 for students who live out of state. At private four-year colleges in the U.S., the average tuition is $26,273 per year. And this doesn’t even include books, meal plans and housing.
I view a college education as an investment. But I believe it should be an investment of time and hard work—not money.
We at University of the People are not the only or the first ones to look at statistics on education. We are, however, determined to be the ones who change them.