#Preach

So, A.):

Read This

Now, let’s talk about a few things. Two of my favorite quotes:

“…conventional wisdom is wrong. In reality these (humanities) degrees all produce expected lifetime earning increments far in excess of the cost of college tuition, even at expensive private colleges.”

“Humanities majors have taken their lumps on many fronts recently. Their defenders often respond with appeals to the ways in which the humanities add to the richness of life in nonmonetary ways. That is certainly true, but the humanities have been selling themselves short. In addition to adding invaluably to our culture, humanities majors are a wise financial investment as well.”

Taking these excerpts into consideration, and looking at the data within the article and linked pages, then considering this table from the Buereau of Labor Statistics, one should come up with a decidely different preception of the “worth of a college degre.”

Chart. Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment

I didn’t watch the CNN special on the value of college last week, but I imagine that topics like these were left off of the script

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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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