Students miss point of university degree

Lauren Williams's picture
Friday, August 30, 2013

A recent study in the Wall Street Journal revealed a high percentage of college graduates felt their college degree was unsuccessful in “training” them for their chosen career. The theme of the article was one of pessimism toward those who are in college. It seemed to be saying that degrees are becoming undesirable in the job market because of the lack of industry-specific training.

The article’s tone did not sit well with me. I may be in the minority, but I have never entertained the idea that my college degree would be nothing more than a job-training seminar.

Furthermore, those who would entertain that idea may be missing the entire purpose of a four-year university degree.

If you watch late-night television enough, you are bound to see a commercial for any of the thousands of for-profit “colleges” that are in the business of getting your degree in “no time.”

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