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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

America's Most Overrated Product: the Bachelor's Degree

Marty Nemko writes, at the Chronicle of Higher Education, that some folks are not helped by a college degree. Universities aren't being held accountable for the job they do, and are turning out a bad "product": illiterate college graduates.
Unbelievably, according to the Spellings Report, which was released in 2006 by a federal commission that examined the future of American higher education, things are getting even worse: "Over the past decade, literacy among college graduates has actually declined. … According to the most recent National Assessment of Adult Literacy, for instance, the percentage of college graduates deemed proficient in prose literacy has actually declined from 40 to 31 percent in the past decade. … Employers report repeatedly that many new graduates they hire are not prepared to work, lacking the critical thinking, writing and problem-solving skills needed in today's workplaces."

Of course, his answer is more government regulation. But you as a consumer can do something to protect yourself: demand more information from the school before you attend, or let your child attend.


At 7:47 PM, Blogger Dedwarmo said...

I bet the state universities would not like it if the Federal government published how their graduates rated.


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