The American Dream, Reimagined: How Are Today’s College Grads Measuring for Success in Work and Life?

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“When we were younger, the American Dream was that the next generation would do a little better than the one before it. But, I think that this may be the first time when that’s not guaranteed, And, a lot of young people and parents are worried.”

Jonathan Gibralter PhD
President of Wells College

The American Dream has suddenly changed. With our earning power plummeting and costs—such as housing, healthcare, and college tuition—spiraling upward, we working Americans no longer aspire to the lifelong pursuit of upward mobility; now, we strive for mere financial stability. Nowhere is this profound change more evident than on the campuses of American colleges and universities. Listen to how one college president and his institution are preparing students to find their American Dream through creative business, environmental and societal problem-solving and fierce entrepreneurship.

About our guest: With an over 30-year career in higher education—including 18 years as a president—Dr. Jonathan Gibralter is well known in American college and university circles as an effective practitioner of campus-led sustainability efforts. He considers his work on the Steering Committee of Second Nature, the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, among the most important of his esteemed career.

On Work:


“A lot of young people today are going to end up working in a career or a job that maybe hasn’t been created yet, so, you need to have people who are fiercely creative and entrepreneurial, who can really figure out what path to take.”

Jonathan Gibralter PhD, President of Wells College

PODCAST DATE: October 24, 2017


Photo credits: American Dream, Getty Images; President Jonathan Gibalter PhD, Wells College

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