Calculating the value of higher education will inevitably exclude factors critical to society. We should not let what's measurable determine what is meaningful.
We need the next generation to ask questions grander than "How much money will I make?" That's an important question, but it cannot be the only one.
They, and we, deserve better. "What barrier will I break?" or "How can I change the world?" These are the questions we must inspire every student to ask.
The writer is chancellor of the University of California at Los Angeles. He serves on the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and is a member of the executive committee of the Association of American Universities.