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Andy Louden's comments:
I believe that income dose correlate with education but I don't believe productivity does. Our society has been convinced that a four-year degree makes you a better employee. I am not so sure. I am an adult student (51) working on my bachelor degree as part of my "professional development" as a manager. I am nearly done as I need only 7 additional credits to graduate. I already have two associate degrees in a related fields. My previous experiences at the community college level compared to my university experience is completely different. I found the education offered at the CC level to be focused on outcomes and taught by highly skilled instructors. I can't say the same for my university experience. The classes are hit and miss on their value and quality, instruction in most case has been marginal, and the atmosphere of the institution is just that, institutional. I feel less like a student and more like a source of income for the university. More importantly, my productivity / skills at completing my job have not been enhanced by my university education. One could argue it has been more of a distraction than a help. To sum up my argument, I believe we are being sold an expectation that a four-year degree will lead to increased economic productivity. I believe it is a panacea that I don't think is proven in many cases. I would suggest that our focus and funds should be at CC level, not the university if want our economy to thrive.
posted 4 years ago
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