Apparently all my reading is going in the same direction, although it is from very different sources.
Do We Really Need More College Graduates? gives a list of twenty must-read analyses on this question.
After a short intro piece to each of the twenty articles, the author wrote:
It is entirely up to you to decide whose arguments are the more persuasive. If you want to make six or more figures, or you want to know the ins and outs of existentialism, college may be for you. But policymakers could pay attention too, and the availability of a college education could be affected as a result.
The articles in this piece range from a Chronicle of Higher Ed piece to Salon, from Corporate Voices to The College Board.
I think they offer an interesting perspective about a topic that may be more timely than we know.