"Mindless" Pursuit of College Degrees Comes at a High Cost

Ashley Thorne

At Minding the Campus, writers responded to a new report by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), which "has unearthed...the single most scandalous statistic in higher education." Which is: "approximately 60 percent of the increase in the number of college graduates from 1992 to 2008 worked in jobs that the BLS considers relatively low skilled—occupations where many participants have only high school diplomas and often even less." Stefan Kanfer, Fred Siegel, Mark Bauerlein and Daphne Patai unpack this figure, agreeing with CCAP president Richard Vedder that the drive to put more students through college is not in Americans' best interests.

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