Survey: Colleges aren’t preparing graduates for jobs

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the higher education system is doing only a fair or poor job of preparing graduates for the workforce, according to a new poll.

So firmly does this belief appear to be held that 60 percent of those polled said employees with some work experience but no college degrees are likely to perform better at a job than college graduates with no full-time work experience.

Harvard University Bridge Program students go over a workbook exercise in Jennifer Goulart’s ESOL class. (Photo by Sarah Butrymowicz)Nearly 90 percent of the public thinks the U.S. higher-education system needs to change for the nation to maintain a globally competitive workforce, a number that has been climbing steadily in each of the three years the survey has been conducted.

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