Seven Facts About US Higher Education That Need To Be Known

academiamag | April 15, 2019

Seven Facts About US Higher Education That Need To Be Known
The recent admissions scandal in the US has exposed the discrepancies within the US higher education system and how it can be exploited if you know the right people and have the right cash. Allegations against wealthy parents for abusing their connections and power for securing admissions at elite universities in America highlights how the system is being rigged or manipulated by the well-heeled.Despite these allegations, the education system of the US remains a lucrative industry, leading to a staggering student debt of $1.7 trillion, much higher than auto loans and credit card debts of the country. According to a recent article by Forbes, a report released by OpenTheBooks.com on the US Department of Education found millions of dollars were being wasted on skewed policies, weak accounting mechanisms and obsolete policies.The report highlighted the following seven interesting facts about the education department, raising questions about the overall efficacy of the education sector in the US.

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