If degrees bring "paltry returns", are they worthless?

If degrees bring

University students only receive “paltry returns” for their academic degrees, according to the chair of the Education Select Committee. But does that mean some degrees are worthless?

Robert Halfon suggested that too many people are studying academic degrees, and that some academic courses could reinvent themselves as centres of technical excellence to provide a better service to students.

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Comments (1)

  • Pamela
    Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:10am GMT
    If you look at higher education like that in purely economic terms ( which the whole new fee structure has forced) then yes some are perhaps 'worth less' . But is that the only measure of a degree? We have moved away from the days when higher education was purely to educate and challenge. What happened next was you got a job as an employer valued the intellectual skills you had and could always train you to develop new skills. There are benefits in studying for any degree such as developing skills in independent thinking, creativity, being able to structure an argument, debate effectively etc. Also many employers look for graduates with any degree for their graduate programmes so must value something. We need to rethink as a society what we value about higher education and plan/act accordingly.


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