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 a truck-driving school. Based on my reporting, employers increasingly hire those with a two or four-degree degree even for jobs that traditionally have not required degrees. It’s the best way to guarantee that someone has the literacy/math fundamentals down and can also handle the basics of customer relations.
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