This article is a load of flaming crap!!!!

I thought I’d start of this blog entry with an argument as painfully simplistic as that which was employed by the author of the linked article. Just about everything we’ve learned in the last handful of years about advising college students through their choice of major, and from employers clamoring for students who have been educated rather than having simply been trained, tells us that the arguments made in this Yahoo story are just wrong. I could spend hours finding posts of data and hiring statistics to try to refute this nonsense, but I don’t really have the time or energy to do so. Instead, I’ll start the bullet list of “holes” in this article’s theory, and you all can finish it:

  1. The statistics indicate the unemployment rate of individuals with bachelor’s degrees but fails to point out the typical terminal degree in that field of study
  2. No effort appears to have been made to research the details of the unsuccessful job seekers’ actual job searches (I’ve seen some pretty crappy resumes and conducted some nightmarish interviews with otherwise perfectly qualified candidates who couldn’t interview to save their lives)
  3. The name of one’s college major occupies exactly one line on that same individual’s resume

you get the drill, pile on folks!


About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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