Employer-based tuition reimbursement or debt-free college programs can be effective ways to retain workers and attract new ones. But they're also an employee benefit. And benefits are one of the first things on the chopping block when times get tough, said Mary Alice McCarthy, director of the Center on Education and Skills at the left-of-center think tank New America. It's surprising to McCarthy, then, that several companies with prominent education programs have no plans to scale...


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