College Degrees: You Read it Here First (Again)

The recently reported on the diminishing value of the bachelor”s degree compared to a two-year degree at a community college.  With the billions of dollars of federal money poured into college aid and the predicted shortages of workers in jobs that require technical training, it is no wonder that more people are questioning the value of a college degree.  I addressed this issue two months ago, in an NCPA analysis here.

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  1. Joe Barnett says:

    Bill Bennett has a new book out: Is College Worth It?
    so you’re ahead of the curve again!

  2. Sandeep says:

    I think the whole concept of Liberal Arts education is over rated, just as you pointed out in this blog, there needs to greater emphasis on the technical skills and the types of training needed for a future work force.

  3. Patel says:

    I think college is a hot-mess of an experience. It rarely gives one the experience to function in the real world of work!

  4. Patel says:

    I agree with this post. Some of my friends who have graduated from college can’t find jobs, so they are going into graduate school. I have a feeling their pursuit for a higher degree is to buy more time until the economy gets better.

  5. Anthony says:

    I think traditional colleges could also start focusing on providing shorter technical diplomas without the need to take all of these core courses in subjects that are not related to your field.

  6. Andrew says:

    We certainly do need more highly trained and specialized technical workers in this country. This goes back to providing a stronger STEM focus in schools, along with alternative classes in High School on other types of technical training.

  7. Gabriel Odom says:

    College itself isn’t overrated. Sandeep is correct – it’s the liberal arts education that is overrated. Schools charge the same amount of money, no matter the job prospects for the field. The government gives out the same amount of money, regardless of the utility of the discipline.

    I propose that each state award scholarships and aid based upon what degrees are necessary in the economy. Right now, this would mean more money to engineers and nursing students, and less money to the anthropologist with a minor in hospitality management.

  8. Jordan says:

    I was always curious why academic advisers or personnel in primary schools aren’t analyzing BLS data for trends 10 years out. It could be because the world always needs plenty for bartenders.

  9. Jordan says:

    I had a question about your findings about teachers degrees and openings. With American children falling so behind the curve, I would assume you would disagree with the tenure programs found in teachers unions for primary schools?

    But yes.. this seems to be the case. The NCPA tends to have produced research long before their contemporaries.

  10. Pam says:

    Correct, Jordan. Not only does the tenure system make it difficult to oust ineffective teachers, it also does not reward quality teachers or provide more pay for those who teach in-demand subjects.

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