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salaryguru writes,

<<Gov. McCrory, a former mayor of Charlotte, said he is concerned that many college graduates can't get decent jobs. >>

I think he might be confusing a number of different issues.

Although the quality and focus of an education can certainly have impact on one's ability to get a job, blaming Universities for the dearth of jobs in the US today overlooks some very significant problems that have nothing to do with our education system.


I don't think the Mayor is "blaming Universities for the dearth of jobs". He's complaining that many degree programs don't prepare people for the world of work, and even many of those degrees that do prepare you for employment cost so much compared to the typical salary paid that it's not a rational economic choice. Incidentally, high-costs and poor employment prospects are an even bigger problem at the GOP-approved, for-profit schools championed by many Tea-Baggers.

I'd like to see a "Mileage Sticker" slapped on every college catalog comparing the total cost of the schooling (including debt service) with the audited median starting salary and (10th year career wage) for graduates. If people understood that attending this college and choosing this course of study would mean you'll likely still be paying off your student loans when you're 60, some folks might make different choices.

While my alma mater WPI provided me with an excellent engineering education, there's no way I'd advise a young person to attend that school today unless he was getting a scholarship equal to 75% of the $55,000/year cost.

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