Over the past decades, the earnings of college graduates continues to increase, guaranteeing much success. In his article, "The College Wage Premium", Jonathan James states: "...college graduates earn significantly higher wages on average than those with only a high school diploma... Current data indicate that college degree holders enjoy an 84 percent increase in earning over their high-school educated counterparts" (James). The data proving the higher earnings for degree holders has persisted throughout history and continues to grow. Those lacking a four year degree have experienced little growth in their premium over the past few decades, while the premium of those with a degree has increased considerably. It is proven in many different studies that those holding a degree earn more than those without one.
This goes to show that people who go to college earn more money then people who do not. In 2016, the average income for people 25 years old and older with a high school diploma was $35,615, while the income for those with a bachelor's degree was $65,482, and $92,525 for those with advanced degrees(Is a college). This difference is a significant difference and it is also a motivation for so people to go to college. The lifetime income of families headed by individuals with a bachelor's degree will be about $1.6 million more than the incomes of families headed by those with a high-school diploma, according to the Postsecondary Education Opportunity Research Letter(Hansen). This states that people who have a bachelor's degree make on average, more money than people who do not have the degree.
I know that some people out there would say that there are programs that could help students pay for college and help with study for classes but those programs are not always available for all students. These are the reason why I believe that not everyone, let alone high school graduates should go to college. Tuition cost over the years have continued to rise in cost, with the introduction of new technology. Some students would have to work a full time job in order to pay for their full course load. If a student has to work a full time job and go to school, either one could suffer from the overload of stress or lack of sleep.
According to Henry Bienan, PhD, President of northwestern claims that a college education brings greater productivity, lower crime and better health for more educated people. A study that was done in 2009 discovered that 16 to 24 year old's that are secondary school drop outs have 63% higher opportunity to be detained than those with four year college education or higher. This effects society adversely . Also the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that from September 2008-09, 43% of college graduates did volunteer work were as only 19% of high school graduates. This in all proves the point that college graduates are vital and more productive members of society and should be given free tuition.
Harris (2014) noted, “You will be more successful in college (and in your future occupation) when you focus on what you love to do and what you do best” (p.87). Year after year many students enter college with an undecided major. Choosing a college major is a very difficult and stressful decision, it sets the tone for the rest of your career. It is vital to choose something that interests you rather than just a practical degree. Even after choosing a program students wonder if they have selected the right program for themselves.
However, after looking through more arguments about studying abroad, many concerns can be found and classified. Studying abroad can be classified under decisions to consider before studying abroad, problems or benefits of students who came back from studying abroad, and within these categories, smaller divisions can be made. Many of these topics are not well-known,but should be considered because deciding to study abroad can be a major change in a person’s life. Although I was not studying abroad as a college student since I was only a preschooler, I experienced frustration easily
Empirical literature shows a positive correlation between human capital externalities and labor force participation, wages and employment. According to Winters (2012), the share of adults with a college degree is positively correlated with labor force participation such that a 0.10 increase in the share of adults with college degrees increases labor force participation by 0.0201 for women and 0.0129 for men. A 0.10 increase in the share of adult educated population increases the probability of women being employed by 0.0272 and men by 0.0216. For Turkey, Filiztekin (2011) estimates that a 1-year increase in the average regional education level increases wages by 6.5%. He also found that the illiterate benefit by 6% from the increase in the average human capital.
According to Andrew J. Rotherham’s article “Actually, College Is Very Much Worth it.”he states, “Meanwhile, in 2010, the unemployment rate was 9.2 percent for those with only some college and more than 10 percent for those with just a high school degree, but it was 5.4 percent for college graduates.” The data Rotherham provides shows that even with some college education, you have a higher chance of getting employed than those with just a high school degree. The one group that outweighs all the others is the college graduates proving that with a college degree unemployment is less likely to befriend people who do pursue college. Some people might say that there are loads of jobs that do not require a college degree, especially in this time and age. However those jobs do not pay remotely has high as the jobs you can score with a college degree. In the article Benefits of Earning a College Degree written by EducationCorner they state “Because college gives you a broad range of skills, many college graduates end up in fields that are not what they studied in school.
However, the requirement of language in college is pointless for many reasons, but none more than maturity, dedication, and time. These three reasons may seem confusing now, but after reading the Room for Debate page they become the leading factors that prove college language classes should be a choice for students. The Room for Debate page is a website, created by the New York Times, where they invite knowledgable people to discuss their opinions regarding current news events or issues in our society today. Debaters on this page decided to take on the argument of mandatory language classes in college. Cassandra Chaden, Betty Berdan, and Taylor Doyle all have different views on this issue.