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Minding the Midpoint Where Labor and Education Meet

By Kevin Carey

In the early 1970s, when Anthony Carnevale was a young man, he came to the nation’s capital seeking justice for low-income students. The Supreme Court disappointed him, but his experiences set him on a path tracking profound changes in the relationship between higher education and the economy. During his working lifetime, college has become, for better or worse, the only American job-training system that matters. And today Carnevale, more than anyone else, is responsible for explaining why.

If his name sounds familiar, that’s because the small research group he leads at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has produced a seemingly endless stream of studies over the last two years that describe, in various ways, the value of college in the labor market. Hundreds of thousands of people­—most of them nonacademics—have read those reports, which have received prominent coverage in The Chronicle and in other national media like The New York Times.

In total, the center’s message has been overwhelmingly positive for higher education. Despite the long-term growth in college enrollments, and contrary to fashionable speculation that a “higher-education bubble” is about to burst, the center’s research shows that college pays, now more than ever. Indeed, the center projects a future shortage of about three million college-educated workers if the nation doesn’t increase the number of those receiving college degrees.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/Minding-the-Midpoint-Where/128856/

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