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Colleges prepare people for life [Commentary]

Colleges prepare people for life [Commentary]

A recent New York Times illustration read, "COLLEGE IS FOR SUCKERS."

The words were emblazoned across the sweatshirts of four students, and the accompanying article made essentially that point. It echoed an increasingly common refrain that college is expensive, that students are taking on unmanageable debt and that they too often graduate unprepared for the world of work.

In contrast, many economists and educators point to data showing that the fastest growing job categories require at least a college degree. College graduates are much more likely to be employed than those with only a high school diploma and earn substantially higher salaries. According to this...