It is definitely a point of discussion these days. Are too many students going to college?
The Chronicle of Higher Ed had an article on this topic recently.
Interesting ideas within the body include Charles Murray’s comments:
It has been empirically demonstrated that doing well (B average or better) in a traditional college major in the arts and sciences requires levels of linguistic and logical/mathematical ability that only 10 to 15 percent of the nation’s youth possess. That doesn’t mean that only 10 to 15 percent should get more than a high-school education. It does mean that the four-year residential program leading to a B.A. is the wrong model for a large majority of young people.
And I like what Marty Nemko led off with, too:
ll high-school students should receive a cost-benefit analysis of the various options suitable to their situations: four-year college, two-year degree program, short-term career-prep program, apprenticeship program, on-the-job training, self-employment, the military.
Go and read more. It’s an interesting compilation of various viewpoints.