Are Too Many Americans Earning Four-Year Degrees?

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Friday, October 21, 2011

“True or false: too many kids go to college.”

That was how John Donvan, an ABC News correspondent, began a debate last week about the necessity of an undergraduate degree.

The debate, held by Intelligence Squared in Chicago as part of that city’s Ideas Week, featured Peter Thiel, PayPal founder and entrepreneur, and Charles Murray, a political scientist, arguing that the college market is flooded with too many students.

Arguing against them were Henry S. Bienen, president emeritus of Northwestern University, and Vivek Wadhwa, a director of research at Duke University.

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