Is a College Degree Right for Everyone?

“There is no question that an educated citizenry is an asset to a twenty-first-century democracy such as ours. We live in an era of increasingly complex technology that calls for skill sets and learning unanticipated as recently as a generation ago. Not only are there new fields of endeavor, notably computer sciences, but traditional bodies of knowledge have also grown as well, thanks to ongoing research. For these reasons, there is a growing call for universal taxpayer-funded post-secondary education, i.e. a college degree.”

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Amazon plans to spend $700 million to retrain a third of its US workforce in new skills

“Amazon.com on Thursday unveiled plans to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce — or 100,000 workers — by 2025 to help its employees move into more advanced jobs or find new careers. The retail and tech giant intends to expand its existing training programs and introduce new ones. The training will be voluntary, and most of the programs are free.”

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Students bypassing four-year colleges in favor of alternative paths to careers

“Across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, many students are carving their own career paths, making educational choices based on their own interests and motivations. For some students, opportunities are in the trades or military, while other graduates are launching businesses, going on mission trips or exploring schooling options on other continents.”

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‘Restoring the Promise’ Review: High Cost, Low Yield

“We are at the end of an era in American higher education. It is an era that began in the decades after the Civil War, when colleges and universities gradually stopped being preparatory schools for ministers and lawyers and embraced the ideals of research and academic professionalism. It reached full bloom after World War II, when the spigots of public funding were opened in full, and eventually became an overpriced caricature of itself, bloated by a mix of irrelevance and complacency and facing declining enrollments and a contracting market. No one has better explained the economics of this decline—and its broad cultural effects—than Richard Vedder.”

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12 Trends Killing College

“Does college still matter? The Department of Education makes the case that college is more valuable than ever: Degree holders earn $1 million more that workers without postsecondary education and the innovation economy is likely to require a more educated workforce. But averages and projections hide the rapid loss of faith in higher education as the escalator to the middle class.”

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Considering the Alternatives

“Considering the plethora of lower-cost (in both dollars and time) alternatives to the traditional degree, it is no surprise that enrollment at the bachelor’s level in higher ed has dropped for the past half-dozen years. Sure, a robust economy has contributed to the decline, but applications to the University of California system and other major universities, as well as most midsized and smaller colleges, are down for 2019.”

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