Four Reasons Why College Degrees Are Becoming Useless

By Jonathan Newman, Intellectual Takeout

Students are running out of reasons to pursue higher education. Here are four trends documented in recent articles:

1. Graduates have little to no improvement in critical thinking skills

The Wall Street Journal reported on the troubling results of the College Learning Assessment Plus test (CLA+), administered in over 200 colleges across the US.

According to the WSJ, “At more than half of schools, at least a third of seniors were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality of evidence in a document or interpret data in a table”. The outcomes were the worst in large, flagship schools: “At some of the most prestigious flagship universities, test results indicate the average graduate shows little or no improvement in critical thinking over four years.”

There is extensive literature on two mechanisms by which college graduates earn higher wages: actually learning new skills or by merely holding a degree for the world to see (signaling). The CLA+ results indicate that many students aren’t really learning valuable skills in college.

As these graduates enter the workforce and reveal that they do not have the required skills to excel in their jobs, employers are beginning to discount the degree signal as well. Google, for example, doesn’t care if potential hires have a college degree. They look past academic credentials for other characteristics that better predict job performance.


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  1. What a bunch of horseshit from an emotionally stunted child. A degree is not useless today, the people pursuing them are, like you. No desire to work, no desire to grow, no desire to engage. Think everything is to be handed to them. Think that getting a degree is the end of working and learning and thinking. Lazy, entitled, without skill. Last several 20 somethings I worked with are wholly incompetent, whiny, lazy turds that are incapable of thinking critically or multitasking or making decisions. Have to hold their hands on every menial task, and they still do it wrong, all while whining about how unfulfilled they are.
    Compare that to older folks who recently went back to school and got a degree. Seemed to help them just fine, and they don’t have the whiny entitled mindset, which is exactly why they succeed and 20 somethings fail.
    Grow up. Guess what? Most of life is not a fairytale. There are ups and downs. Friends and family die. You lose jobs. You have unexpected huge bills pop up and screw your financials up for months or even years. You have failed relationships. And on and on. You pussies can’t handle any of it. Which is why you are failures in everything except whining and living with mom until 35.
    Your life sucks frankly because you suck and are too mentally weak to do anything about it.

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