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October 21, 2010

The 17 Million Mystery

Why, asks commentary writer Richard Vedder in the Chronicle of Higher Education, are 17 million Americans with four-year degrees working in jobs that don't require those degrees? Isn't that a waste of an education? Isn't that proof that far too many people go to college? This is an important issue ...

October 14, 2010

About Those College Degrees ...

Yes, you need them (including the men who aren't getting them). More than you think, argues Kevin Carey in the Chronicle. (password may be needed)

September 21, 2010

Does College Pay?

For those following the debate over whether we send too many young people to college (read: do we really have to worry about fewer men than women graduating from college?) here are the numbers: yes, it pays.

September 06, 2010

Future Jobs Will Go to the Better Educated

Economists have been clear about this for some time. And yet we continue to see arguments about why we shouldn't worry about the higher education gender gap. Don't we always need more male plumbers and car mechanics. I'm still waiting for that argument to be made by a mechanic or plumber, rather tha...

August 26, 2010

Jay Mathews on Need for College

Why do so many young people need college when so many jobs still don't require a college degree? That's an important issue in the gender debate, because if boys don't really need college why worry about the college gender gaps? Ace Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews airs the debate tod...

August 10, 2010

What is College?

In the Chronicle of HIgher Education, Sandy Baum and Michael McPherson correctly point out that the debate over who needs college needs to define some terms. When I say college is the new high school, for example, I don't mean a four-year degree, necessarily. But neither do I mean a certificate from...

August 09, 2010

Silence on Gender Gaps Likely to Continue

President Obama today will renew his call to boost college graduation rates, with a goal set for 60 percent by 2020, up from 40 percent today. Good goal, but there's only one way to get there, which is by boosting the high school graduation rates, college entry rates and college graduation rates for...

August 07, 2010

Do We Need More College Graduates?

My sense is that college is the new high school. You need at least some post-high school study to secure jobs that in years past needed only a high school degree. Bank teller comes to mind. But there's an active debate on this issue, and it's important to hear all sides.

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