‘More college’ is no cure-all

‘More college’ won’t solve unemployment, editorializes the New York Times. While people with bachelor’s degree are more likely to be working, recent graduates aren’t doing very well.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  89 percent of recent college graduates say their two-year or four-year degree was worth the time and money, according to a survey.

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  1. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Actually, it does.

    It removes a large chunk of the workforce from the category “unemployed”. Much like a growth in the number of dedicated, resigned bums and hobos reduces unemployment. More people NOT looking for work.

    And really, all that matters is that politicians be able to point to their number and say “See… it’s gone DOWN!” It doesn’t matter what the number actually means.

    So it is a good way to reduce unemployment. It’s just not a very productive or efficient way of reducing unemployment.

  2. Now that employers are essentially forbidden from using aptitude tests to screen applicants, or risk lawsuits, certificates and degrees are used as sorting mechanisms. Naturally, this hurts those who might be able to do the job with suitable on-the-job training but they no longer get in the door, especially if they are URMs or have a disability because they also can’t be fired without risking a lawsuit. Thank the Duke Power lawsuit.

  3. Considering we have a lot of unemployed business and economics and sociology and communications majors, but we have a lack of skilled labor in this country, the Times is probably pretty dead-on.

    Let’s increase the emphasis on Career education and associates degrees and radically increase the standards for a bachelor’s degree. That should help.