According to this report out from the Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU), a college degree matters. APLU's report states that, "Students are clear that a primary purpose for enrolling in college is to get a good job and to put themselves on a path to a successful career. Employers and the public increasingly feel that universities are not doing enough to prepare students for employment. Universities feel a degree must involve a broad education, though certainly many, probably most, in the public university community agree on the need to prepare students for employment".
Assn of Public & Land Grant Universities: Ready for Jobs, Careers, and a Lifetime
As part of this call for a responsiveness, we examine student pathways through higher education and entering the workforce, recognizing that these pathways are of critical importance to universities, students and their families, and employers.
There are four key challenges facing institutions:
• trends in the economy and the workforce;
• enrollment demographics;
• institutional alignment and change; and
• public and stakeholder opinion.