It has been a heavily debated topic over whether college is worth it or not. In “College’s Value,” college professor Eric Hoover explains his studies of college degrees and concludes that attending college has greater benefits than we expect. Nowadays, when families think of college, they think about the amount of financial burden instead of what they will gain from attending. In this article, Hoover states, “Yet the perceived benefits of attending college go well beyond the dollars” (Hoover 1). He writes how diplomas help receive better and higher paying jobs. Hoover is persuasive by using statistics, interviews with undergraduates and graduates, and acknowledging the opposing views as well as refuting them.
It seems in the society we live in today, having a college degree is a necessity. Years ago it was the norm for people to just go right into a full time job after high school, if they even finished high school; they did this to support their families. In today’s society a person has a difficult time getting a decent job without a college degree. During an adults working life, bachelor degree graduates will earn about $2.1 million and a high school graduate can expect to earn an average of $1.2 million (Day and Newburger, 2002). This is quite a difference and it puts a college education in
Does college really give graduates the tools and knowledge required to succeed? In the article “Where College Fails Us”, author Caroline Bird attempts to argue that college may not be worth as much as people are led to believe. Bird believes that with the rise in college graduates being well above the Department of Labor Statistics anticipated job needs, college is quickly becoming a waste of time. Moreover, several reasons listed depict colleges many shortcomings, including the stress it puts on students and the unrealistic expectations it gives them combined with huge financial burdens. The author believes that the successful college graduates would have been successful regardless of their education, and that the majority of students felt forced to attend. Finally, she states that before wasting your money on a college education the reader should reflect on her article and determine if there is still value in a college experience. Although Caroline Bird presents many persuading arguments against the college experience in her article, I believe her logic to be outdated and generalized, and her content lacking of discrediting information. I disagree that all college graduates are taking dead-end jobs, and universities have withdrawn from the social side of their educational experience.
College education is one of the most worthwhile and profitable goals in the U.S. simply for its potential to allow better choice and opportunity in life according to an analysis of census data released Tuesday. Research by the Pew Center has concluded that 18-25 year olds with just a high-school diploma earned 38% less than the average salary of people their same age with a bachelor’s degree. In addition, this is a 19 % decrease since 1965, and the trend is projected to increase. This data
High school students hear tediously about the benefits of getting a college degree, but its importance is overinflated as it leads to too many overeducated students not prepared for the modern workforce. Though getting a college degree may leverage one’s career, the degree is worth more dead than alive. For most students, going to college is not worth its cost because the cost of college hinders advancement in students’ lives and the value of a degree has a depreciated value among employers because it doesn’t prepare students for real-world jobs and real-world situations.
The significance of receiving a college degree has intensified over many years. In a recent documentary the usefulness of having a college education was explained; people not owning a four year degree have an decrease chance of obtaining a well paying jobs because people with a degree will appear more qualified to have the job. (Alex, 2012). With the escalating number of people in poverty, and the demand for more specialized jobs, acquiring a job without some form of higher education is becoming more difficult to achieve. Many people are accessing a higher education, but the people who need a college education are not attending college because they do not have money to pay for college. College is not an important option for families living
Students in today’s society are prompted by all teachers to go to college, and this idea is being reinforced more than ever. Although there are a select few people that do not belong in college, this idea has never been more true. Jobs that require a college degree are becoming more abundant, and these jobs need to be filled. The only way these jobs can be filled is if the number of college graduates increases at the same pace as jobs that require a college degree are. Many issues over time have arisen on this matter, which has slowed down the growth rate of college degrees produced. Although these issues have slowed the production of college degrees, the demand has never been more high. There will always be jobs that do not require a college degree but the most important jobs to our country’s growth will require a person to have a postsecondary education.
How great would it be to graduate from high school and have a job waiting for you that provides all you need? Unfortunately, this isn't a possibility for the majority of the people today. Today, a postsecondary education is standard for people obtain a job to sustain the comfort of their daily lives. Receiving a higher education positively impacts a variety of important aspects of a person's life. Education has been linked to influence community activity, personal health, unemployment and our economy. Author of “Bell Curve”, Charles Murray, has the opinion that we are wasting our time trying to educate too many people and only 10 to 20 percent of college attendees should be there(Perry, para 1). Robert T. Perry, author of “On “Real Education””,
College is a very controversial topic of the 21st century, since many students do not have the finances to attend college without being in debt. Though, with a college degree, the person is more competitive in the labor market than those with only a high school diploma as well as earning more. The U.S. Census Bureau created statistical data from those with bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees and only a high school diploma and with these – a person with a bachelor’s degree will make 2 million in the course of their career, a person with an associate’s degree will make 1.5 million, while a person with a high school diploma will make nearly 1.2 million in their career lifetime (“What is the Value of a College Degree?”, http://www.bestcollegevalues.org/what-is-the-value-of-a-college-degree/
A college degree is significant for a successful financial future. At least a 4-year college degree is required for most of the occupations that are determined as a well-paying job. In order to gain financial success in the work field, college is an important part of that goal. Christopher S. Rugaber, the associated press, reports on USA Today, “College graduates, on average, earned 56% more than high school grads in 2015, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute. That was up from 51% in 1999 and is the largest such gap in EPI's figures dating to 1973.” (Rugaber para. 2). The statement concludes that the percent income college graduates receive are a little over double what the average income of workers without one and the
Ever wonder if a college education is really going to help you in life? The high cost of postsecondary school tuition and the event in where people are achieving success without degrees make it seem as if the perspective of the future generation’s value of college education is shifting negatively, when realistically value of a higher education is increasing as STEM and other higher qualification jobs are increasing. The next generation should pursue a college education due to the fact that going to college will help teach the future generation how to make a difference in his or her community, give them financial security, and find a career that they are passionate about. People who lack educational degrees are more likely to be limited
The worth of college is under scrutiny. How does a college degree really help an individual in today’s world? Even with a college degree, people are still faced with unemployment, on top of that they have student loans to pay off. College graduates have higher salaries though, which makes it easier to pay off their debts. Unemployment for college graduates is better than those with only a high school diploma and much better than high school dropouts. College education looks as though it is declining in value, but when everything is considered a college education is still worth it.
In an individual monetary sense, research shows that having a college degree is worthwhile. Over their lifetimes, college grads can expect to earn an average of $1 million more than their non-degree-holding peers, according to a recent study out of Georgetown University. Another recent study, conducted by the Pew Research Center, shows that the average yearly income gap between those with college degrees and those with only high school diplomas has reached an all-time high of $17,500. Further studies show that having a college degree in any capacity has far more bearing on future earning potential than one’s university or major of study. While the financial value of a college degree may seem clear to the individual, does a college degree have practical value in a broader sense? From an employer’s perspective, are college graduates better prepared for the workforce than their non-graduate counterparts?
We live in an era where the name of the college an individual attended as well as the type of degree received has the ability to land a job seeker on the door step of prestigious and established organizations while, on the other hand, one’s inability to prove his/her academic prowess by presenting a college degree is often greeted by a closed door and no prospects for employment. Has college education turned out to be the only route to a successful career? Escalating college cost which adds to a fresh college graduate’s already mountainous debt, along with the national unemployment rate, has led many people to wonder if getting a college degree is really a necessity.
A college degree is often thought of as a "golden ticket" of sorts, providing magical access to a world of respect, higher earning potential, and general success. One statistic often quoted by guidance counselors and college advertisers is that people with a bachelor's degree earn more than a million dollars more in their lifetime than those without degrees. Whether or not this is true and what other variables might potentially affect earnings and thus make the relationship between earnings and education far less direct than implied notwithstanding, the idea that a college education is of direct benefit to everyone is something that definitely needs to be critically