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The Future Value of College Degrees

According to writer Tamara Erickson in this piece at Harvard Business Online, they may decline in value. Why?
One reason:

as competition for college-educated employees increases, companies will become more and more motivated to use those without college degrees effectively in the workforce, in jobs that today would routinely require a diploma-in-hand as the price of admission. They will come to screen candidates in different ways, searching, perhaps, for the Simon Cowells among them: those who are bright, motivated, and will make them money.

Another reason: “a perception that at least parts of today’s college education are actually not particularly relevant may pervade more and more young people’s (and older employers’) consciousness.”

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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