We urge you to come to the U.S. for the best quality college education on earth. However, you should also know some of the ugly truths about higher education in the U.S.
This post will show you some numbers in order to make you be aware of the inconvenient facts of higher education in the U.S.
Computer Skills is Highly Needed for Today’s Job Market
In a recent report of Quartz titled “Three hard truths that will save higher education.” The author pointed out only one in every 3 young people aged 16-29 has no basic work-related computer experience for the real world job market where nearly 80% of the jobs need some computer skills.
Today, in the U.S. only 37% of high school seniors are prepared for their college education. Merely 20% of college students feel that they are ready for the job market. But are they really ready for the workforce?
According to the Quartz report mentioned above, “only 11% of business leaders perceive college graduates to be ready for work, while 96% of chief academic officers think that students are adequately prepared.” Why is the discrepancy so huge? Below, we have answers to this question.
In July of 2015, the largest social media for world’s professionals – Linkedin.com – published “Colleges Aren’t Preparing Students for the Workforce” which illustrated the failure of academia and what we should do to amend the problems.
What are the problems with higher education in the U.S. today? Three major reasons:
- College students are learning out-of-date knowledge and skills,
- Colleges and universities have lowered their academic standards,
- Higher education has been corporatized, and students now are treated as customers.
When academia tries to please its customers/students – some traditional values have lost in the process of corporatizing higher education. In the end, the students fall victim to the greed of corporation-like business operations.
Be a Strong Candidate for the Job Market
If you don’t want to end up with spending huge savings off your parents and getting a useless degree from a non-ranked or a low-ranked school, you can consider the followings:
- Starting with an education at a reputable community college where practical training for a future workforce is its major purpose.
- Searching for colleges with a good reputation in encouraging innovative ideas and entrepreneurship, or offering practical training or internship for most of its students.
- Using websites like Rip Off Report to find out if a school is infamous in conning or misleading students. (You can type in a school’s name and click “Search.” You will get the answer in a few seconds.)
In the end, we hope you can make the best of your college education and create a meaningful life.
(Author: Tanya T. Gray; Editor: Thor Gray)