Issue No. 06 - June (2018 vol. 51)
Richard Vedder , Ohio University
Should everyone go to college? College graduates, especially STEM graduates, earn more than non-college graduates and are on average more productive than those not attending college. That does not mean, however, that a traditional baccalaureate degree is optimal for everyone, nor that most students should pursue STEM disciplines for financial reasons (for example, biological science majors on average earn less than many non-science majors). There are several risk factors in pursuing a degree, including high dropout rates, and those with mediocre academic preparation are particularly susceptible to having poor college outcomes. For some, non-degree postsecondary vocational training may be a better option.
computer aided instruction, computer science education, educational courses, educational institutions, engineering education, STEM, vocational training
R. Vedder, "Benefits of College—By Degrees," in Computer, vol. 51, no. 6, pp. 96-99, 2018.