College Debates

This debate about the future of higher education is interesting. What surprised me is the dog that didn’t bark. No one mentioned that a big reason for employers requiring a B.A. is that employment tests have become problematic due to court rulings. It’s too easy to argue that a test is racially or culturally biased. Fearing lawsuits, employers have increasingly relied on colleges and universities as a screening mechanism. Caplan is right – a degree is a signaling mechanism that shows the graduate can work hard, show up on time, read, and write. While there are notable exceptions, the subjects studied and learned have little bearing on future employment.

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