Sunday, January 8, 2012

Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal

This study was conducted by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. The research was sponsored by Georgetown University. It appears as though Georgetown University would not have an interest in finding a particular result but would have a vested interest in acting on the information produced by the study. Georgetown could decide to offer more programs in those majors that the study finds correlate with lower unemployment rates, such as health and education. This study relied primarily on data from the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Census Bureau American Community Survey. No other information concerning methodology is included in the article. The results are communicated clearly, and the article also compares unemployment levels between those with college majors to those without them. A detailed graph is included in the article that clearly illustrates the disparities between the different majors. The graph also highlights the difference a graduate degree or experience in the workforce can have on unemployment across the different majors.

Source: Whoriskey, Peter. “New study shows architecture, arts degrees yield highest unemployment.” The Washington Post, 4 January 2012.

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