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Higher Learning
Meet Lower Job Prospects

Wall Street Journal, by Jane Shaw

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Posted By:fleetusa, 2/5/2013 6:22:51 PM

When North Carolina´s new governor, Pat McCrory, was interviewed last week on the syndicated radio show hosted by former U.S. Education Secretary William J. Bennett, the talk naturally turned to education. According to some listeners—or those who heard about the interview in the media echo chamber—Gov. McCrory committed a major error.

Universities need to point out in the application process what graduates can expect to be prepared for post-graduation given the course of studies for which the student applies. Let the student decide if that is the career for them. But at the same time, maybe states shouldn´t be pouring tons of taxpayer funds into degree programs with uncertain job prospects. Some of these programs have been overbuilt to be sure in the last 20 years


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Reply 1 - Posted by: phosita, 2/5/2013 6:36:24 PM     (No. 9160542)

nice, subscription only...Ill informed comments to follow....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: strike3, 2/5/2013 6:50:09 PM     (No. 9160556)

I´ll be the first one then... You don´t have to be a trained statistician to know that accepting every dummass on the street into college will not turn them into Einsteins in four years. Chances are that if you don´t know your posterior from your elbow as a freshman, you won´t do much more than waste your parents´ or the taxpayers´ money, but hey, it´s a heck of a party.

College used to mean something. The brightest kids were filtered from the top and came out even better. Now, thanks to the emphasis on diversity, sports and affirmative action... The computer programmer term for the results is GIGO.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/5/2013 7:19:49 PM     (No. 9160589)

Be interesting to know how many of the jobless have degrees in subjects that didn´t even exist fifty years ago, such as Gender Studies, Hispanic Studies, Black Studies, LGBT Studies as opposed to "hard" skills such as engineering, accounting, and so forth. There may be a lot of the latter pounding the pavement, but I don´t know any.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tulipwood, 2/5/2013 7:48:19 PM     (No. 9160614)

WSJ, like FOX, has completely lost its edge. No reason anymore to pay for one or watch the other.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: horacer, 2/5/2013 8:02:12 PM     (No. 9160628)

FTA -- The problem, he suggested, might be that many academic disciplines have no real practical applications.

And the academic community had a cow. Arizona University just announced it´s offering Hip Hop as a minor. That´ll look good on the resume.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 2/5/2013 8:18:58 PM     (No. 9160641)

Well the world needs more cubicle mice.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: fleetusa, 2/5/2013 10:13:28 PM     (No. 9160780)

I know a guy who recently graduated with an archaeology degree from a prestigious U. He now is the head waiter in a local golf club.

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