Expecting More From Higher Education
Career College Central Summary:
Many say the higher education systems in the U.S. today are broken — producing far too many graduates who cannot compete in the new job market. Consider the following statistics: about 1.5 million or 53.6 percent of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were either jobless or underemployed. And of those who were actually employed, about 48 percent were in jobs that required less than a four-year college education, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Bachelor degree granting institutions have an obligation to address the employment concerns of new degree-holders. These institutions must take the lead in combating the growing epidemic of underemployment among recent college graduates. The responsibility for university officials does not end when they shake a student's hand at graduation and issue a diploma.
Rather than denying the problem, higher education officials must realize that the skills gap is a very real phenomenon — one that demands serious attention. We cannot afford to accept high unemployment rates as the "new norm" for the U.S. workforce. We have a generation of college graduates at risk and we need solutions now. No other entities or organizations in the country are better suited or better equipped to deal with this insidious problem than our revered institutions of higher education. Yes, we can and should expect more from them.
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