The Goal of College Attendance

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In previous times it has been thought, by some, that with a college degree a person could have any job and would be very successful. In Colonial America, colleges were mainly founded by the wealthy. The goal of college at this time was to “produce Christian gentlemen who would inherit their family business” (Thelin). After a “college boom” so many state colleges were built and some became co-ed, adding “special” courses for women. The goal of college attendance still was not completion of a bachelor’s degree. College during this time was mainly primary learning so students could eventually move onto college-level higher learning. “Students sometimes took two years of courses in order to earn an LI (license of instruction) certificate to …show more content…
Internships offered through colleges often lead to mentors or useful contacts within a student's preferred field.
A Degree doesn’t guarantee learning or job preparation. And a college degree is no guarantee of workplace benefits. “By the year 2018 there will be 14 million jobs available, well-paying jobs, which will require more than a HS diploma but less than a college diploma” (Berger). Learning is always worthwhile- college teaches students "to nurture critical thought”. College students also have a better percentage of receiving health benefits rather than high school grads or high school dropouts.
College graduates make more money. On average, a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree earned $30,000 more per year than a high school graduate, or about $500,000 more over a lifetime, as of Apr. 2013. Student loan debt wouldn’t be a problem with earnings of that amount. Loan debt could be paid off leaving students stress-free.
College graduates have lower poverty rates. The 2008 poverty rate for bachelor's degree holders was 4%, compared to a 12% poverty rate for high school graduates. According to the US Census Bureau, 1% of college graduates participated in social support programs like Medicaid, National School Lunch Program, and food stamps compared to 8% of high school graduates in 2008.
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