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Can Starbucks Salvage the American Dream?

Apr 21, 2015 | 78 videos
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A bachelor's degree has never been more valuable. College graduates can expect to earn 83 percent more than those who only finish high school, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As the price of a college degree rises, though, students face new obstacles in the chase for the American Dream.

In a new documentary from The Atlantic, Alicea Thomas, a Starbucks barista, explains how an initiative between her employer and Arizona State University Online put her on the path to a college degree. As Amanda Ripley writes in the May 2015 issue, this partnership may help students like Thomas graduate without the burden of student debt. Could this finally be the model for helping more Americans reach the middle class?

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Author: Paul Rosenfeld

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