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Interesting comments by the GOP Gov of North Carolina.

No, he actually just stated an uncomfortable truth. Gov. McCrory, a former mayor of Charlotte, said he is concerned that many college graduates can't get decent jobs. The problem, he suggested, might be that many academic disciplines have no real practical applications.

Referring specifically to North Carolina's 16-campus state university system, Mr. McCrory wondered if state funding incentives should encourage areas of study that align with the job market. Other disciplines, such as gender studies, Mr. McCrory said, might be subsidized less. The funding formula, he said perhaps a bit indelicately, should not be based on the number of "butts in seats, but how many of those butts can get jobs."


..and comment from WSJ reader Alan Sewell:

IMO the first thing a person should ask when deciding to go to college is WHY you want to be there and what sort of return do you realistically expect to get from spending four years and $100K of your money? Maybe universities need to be downsized to reflect the concurrent downsizing in business and government. Perhaps many of the people who are enrolled in colleges and universities really have nothing to gain from being there. A traditional 90-day trade school course in fry-cooking, janitoring, ringing the register, or yelling at other people's kids in daycare might serve the current needs of the labor market better than going to college.


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