Earning a Degree in Employability

Recently I wrote an article published in Technology News that discusses inflated grades among college students and how this affects their earning potential in the marketplace.

Earning a Degree in Employability

Today’s college students enter college unprepared for a mathematical education. They work less than their counterparts of a previous generation and yet earn inflated grades. Then they hit the marketplace and discover that they can’t repay their loans because they are part of a great unemployed population. In the meantime, our science and technology jobs are filled by the graduate students we import and train at our expense.

The current brouhaha over the possible increase of federal student loan rates masks a greater problem: We are graduating a generation of people with college-level skills that our companies don’t value.

This is the root of the “jobless recovery.” Businesses need capabilities that fresh graduates don’t offer; thus the recent Huffington Post report that half of today’s college graduates are under- or unemployed.

A classical education imparting cultural breadth absolutely creates and sustains a nation of values, rather than a collection of skills without a context. Unfortunately, now that university economics demands that incoming students be valued as customers with long-term revenue potential, the tail wags the dog in driving educational priorities.

Read more at Technology News.

Moving forward this may spark some conversation on degree choice versus inflated grades.

What do you think about this?