November 30, 2001
Higher Education Is a Public-Health Issue
Higher education has an enormous responsibility for our society's well-being. Policy makers often highlight higher education's critical importance to local, state, and national economies. Education beyond high school is now a necessity for most people who aspire to be financially secure.
Yet beyond their economic contributions, colleges and universities play another closely connected but often overlooked role -- one that is gaining new urgency. Education determines not only earning
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