Education Matters — But What Education?

In the national debate about economic inequality, some pundits mention the value of a college degree to social mobility — for an individual graduate — and to closing the gap between rich and poor — for the nation if enough Americans attend and graduate from college.

These pundits generally do not push particular majors or career goals. However, higher ed. watchers have reported that business majors and applied or health sciences majors tend to command more on the job market than humanities graduates do.

A recent study by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences argues that how much a graduate makes does not represent the value of earning a humanities degree, or the effect those with humanities’ degrees have on reducing economic inequality.

Click here to read the report.

Click here to read Christine Henseler’s (Professor and Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures at Union College) comments on the report and on the debate.


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