Is college worth it ?

The U.S. News & World Report (March 12, 2007) ran a special report on many issues existing in the US undergraduate college system. Among them:
1) high dropout rate - only 63% of entering freshmen will graduate from college within 6 years, and fewer than 50% of black and Hispanic freshmen will.
2) sky high tuition - 4 years at a public in-state college costs $65,400, up more than 27% in past 5 years.
3) decline in the education quality - a recent survey show only 31% of college graduates were able to complete basic task (read texts and draw inferences) at a proficient level, down from 40% a decade earlier.
It sounds like our undergraduate colleges are becoming underachieving colleges.


Mignon said...

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khengsiong said...

High dropout rate - it probably means the standards of the colleges are so high that less-than-bright students can't graduate.

Remember that Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout. Steve Chan was hired by e-Bay before completed his degree.

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Billyo said...

It's a problem we have in the UK too. For 20 years successive governments have attempted to get more and more people to go to university, but it's gone too far:

- 7 years ago there were no tuition fees at all. Now fees are £3000-5000 a year.

- Too many young people are coming out of rubbish universities with rubbish dregrees in pointless subjects. Worse, they then feel that because they have their degree in "Media Studies" that they should be given high salary jobs. Upon not finding them, they just claim the dole.

- Schools seem to put forward University as the only option after school. No kids are encouraged to take up vocational training as Builders/Plumbers/Electricians etc. so those there are earn four or five times the salary of a teacher.

Is it worth it? No. Save your money, go and take vocational training.

P.S. I like the blog.

John said...

I think that most companies use a degree as a certificate of trainability. Degrees in business, management, personnel, etc. are just a way of saying I've been toilet trained before, I can be traines again. Of course, some degrees are necessary for more specialized fields.
I enjoy your blog.

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