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Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post
And yet I thought the number of people with degrees had plateaued at some percentage around or below 30%. So if higher degrees are becoming the new "GED" then the US is in for a world of hurt as it will either let larger numbers of people become poorer or allow larger numbers to slide by with ever devaluing degrees.

On topic, I remember cynically that there were more foreign exchange students in engineering than there seemed to be US native ones.
I wouldn't say that a Bachelors degree is new GED, but I would say it's value is decreasing as all these for-profit schools are diluting it's value by providing an easy way to obtain one. I graduated with an engineering degree last a year ago and the only way I can see is....well....less competition for me.

There are so many variables that affect the success rates of STEM graduates. I completed my degree in 4 years, but I don't see anything wrong with taking up to 5 1/2 years for a harder degree. The article pretty much summed up all the things that are wrong with our higher education system: (1) Professors are at universities for research, not teaching (2) The cut-throat competition attitude at college is ridiculous. The majority of us will work as a team in our profession, but alone (3) High school will in no way prepare students for any classes at a college level. High school is basically a joke these days. It was a place for me to hang out with my friends the entire day. We're all pretty much doomed for a period of inefficiency anyway.