Jobs Mismatch

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  • John H. Pryor of the University of California at Los Angeles suggests that many professors may not place as high a priority as do students on the role of higher education in helping them find jobs. After all, many faculty members had to find jobs and try to succeed in them without much support from those who guided their education.  He calls this a “mismatch” between faculty members on the one hand, and students and parents on the other.
  • At a time when many colleges are struggling for public support, and face new competition for students, he argued, this mismatch needs attention.
  • It's not that faculty members don't care about helping students find jobs. But it's just not the top priority. In a 2011 survey of faculty members, the UCLA institute found the 78 percent of faculty members said that preparing students for employment was a goal for undergraduates. But that was the seventh most popular answer.  More than 99 percent said that they believed a goal was to help students think critically.
  • More than 72 percent of incoming students but only 55 percent of faculty members believe that the chief benefit of a college education is increasing one's earning power.
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