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‘Degrees for What Jobs?’ Wrong Question, Wrong Answers

By Carol Geary Schneider

Last month the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices published “Degrees for What Jobs? Raising Expectations for Universities and Colleges in a Global Economy.” Unhappily, the governors have been ill served by the report. Its shortsighted policy recommendations would do nothing to meet the nation’s long-term needs for intellectual capital and could well deplete the learning this country needs, for individual students and for the global economy.

The report begins where all higher-education policy pronouncements begin these days—with an urgent call to get students into college and get them out with a credential. It goes on to note, however, that at least “some governors and state policy makers are beginning to move beyond their focus on getting more students to get ‘degrees’ to asking: ‘Degrees for what jobs?’ ”

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/Degrees-for-What-Jobs-Wrong/127328/

Read “Degrees for What Jobs”: http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/1103DEGREESJOBS.PDF

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