More bad news for English majors?

Maybe.  But many of these students may have entered community colleges thinking they would transfer to a university, so they pursued the general studies track--the most common one used for transfer.  Then they didn't transfer and find themselves with an associate degree comprised of general education courses.  It's much harder to follow that to employment. From The Hechinger Report.

Some degrees produce no bump in earnings, research finds
New research unveiled here has exposed an exception to the higher-education mantra that people with degrees earn more than people without them. 
The research, conducted under the aegis of the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment and focused on community colleges, confirms the widely accepted belief that many graduates make more than people without degrees. 
But it also found that the large proportion of community-college students who major in the liberal arts, humanities, and general studies and have not gone on to earn bachelor’s degrees receive little or no financial advantage at all in exchange for their time and tuition. Nor do recipients of many newly trendy professional certificates. 
Researchers speculated that students at community colleges may end up in the liberal arts because there’s not enough room in nursing or technical programs, or because they’re not aware of the earnings implications. 
There are limitations to the data. For example, it doesn’t track whether those humanities majors ultimately transfer to four-year universities and colleges and boost their income by earning bachelor’s degrees. And because of differences in the way higher education and earnings information is tracked, there are variations in the way the research was conducted in various states. 
In Florida, however, where researchers followed students from the eighth grade through the end of their educations, 55 percent of those who went to community colleges ended up in liberal-arts or general-studies programs, which also have among the lowest graduation rates and lowest earnings.
The results are likely to turbo-charge the ongoing debate about whether the purpose of a higher education is to impart knowledge or vocational skills.

Comments

ann mosley said…
Great explanation of current problems, nice and on the matter. I absolutely agree that educational system as it is today needs changes. It’s like a rotting wound they try to cover with the image of delighted smiling students and teachers. Please. Look at the number of adults without secondary education. Or college students doing everything but studying. I've read blog where students were looking for online essay writer company to complete their papers. And then all these graduates wonder why it’s so hard to find a job. Meh, degree means so little today.

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