Arts & Letters delivers again.
This article puts together a number of things I’ve noticed in my lengthy undergraduate career, and have complained about, but the article makes its points better than I did. Like this:
Employers value the B.A. because it is a no-cost (for them) screening device for academic ability and perseverance. The more people who go to college, the more sense it makes for employers to require a B.A. When only a small percentage of people got college degrees, employers who required a B.A. would have been shutting themselves off from access to most of the talent. With more than a third of 23-year-olds now getting a B.A., many employers can reasonably limit their hiring pool to college graduates because bright and ambitious high-school graduates who can go to college usually do go to college. An employer can believe that exceptions exist but rationally choose not to expend time and money to identify them. Knowing this, large numbers of students are in college to buy their admission ticket—the B.A.
This is just a part of one of the points leading to the conclusion that there has to be a better way than what we’re doing now.