The Value of College

Fall roadWith the start of a new school year, there is renewed discussion on the value of a college education. Over at The New York Times, Kwame Anthony Appiah looks at the question, What is the point of college? And on LinkedIn, Michael Fertik asks, Is college necessary?

These are the very questions that students ask each and every day. And it is one of the reasons it is so important for today’s high school students to explore their interests. As these two articles, and many others like them, point out, postsecondary education should have purpose. Yes, it is about preparing one for a life after school. But it is also an opportunity to explore new ideas and find new passions.

This is why the Educational Research Center of America focuses its work on helping young people explore the career pathways relevant to their interests, education, and passions. While some individuals may know what they are destined to do from a young age, most of us find our way as we transition from high school to postsecondary. And still others find new paths later in our lives.

It is one of the reasons we are regularly exploring what students are thinking about and interested in when it comes to careers. Currently, students across the nation are taking a deeper look at their interests in fields like STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), career and technical education, and health/science. We look forward to the responses currently being gathered on these topics, and are grateful to all of the teachers, guidance counselors, and students who are part of this important research effort.

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