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In two recent decisions — on student loans and on affirmative action — the Supreme Court has radically altered the landscape of higher education. The Opinion columnist Tressie McMillan Cottom argues that, for many, the promise of higher education is now dead and so the country needs a new vision for how to achieve the American dream.
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This Opinion Short was produced by Jillian Weinberger. Editing by Kaari Pitkin and Allison Benedikt. Mixing by Carole Sabouraud. Original music by Pat McCusker and Carole Sabouraud. Fact-checking by Mary Marge Locker. Audience strategy by Kristina Samulewski.