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Moving Beyond Degrees

by Associate Vice Chancellor at Texas State Technical College on Oct 13, 2010

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Seventy-percent of 2009 college graduates did not have a job upon graduation and eighty-percent moved back home with their parents. Many returned with significant student loan debt and limited ...

Seventy-percent of 2009 college graduates did not have a job upon graduation and eighty-percent moved back home with their parents. Many returned with significant student loan debt and limited prospects for repayment. And yet there are currently an estimated 3 million job openings in occupations requiring advanced technical skills. In today's economy, it is becoming increasingly clear that it's that you student but what you student that is the key to employability and earnings potential. From a policy perspective, colleges are rewarded for enrollment numbers and there is increasing attention on graduation rates, yet very little if any attention is paid to student placement and earnings. Considering the massive investment required for higher education, aren't these valuable measures as well? In this session, Michael Bettersworth  makes the case why degrees increasingly matter less, competencies are the real currency, and student success is about much more than enrollment numbers or graduation rates. It's also about getting a J.O.B.

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