Record-breaking application year not cause to celebrate

Another record-breaking application year for colleges is overwhelming admissions offices across the country (“Another record year for college applications? Please, no,” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 4).  Other than the revenue each application generates, the situation is a disaster.

The truth is that far too many high school seniors are not college material by any stretch of the imagination.  They lack the wherewithal to succeed.  But they are told they have a bleak future without a bachelor’s degree.

Saddled with onerous debt for a degree of dubious marketable value, they soon realize they would have been far better off pursuing a vocational education coupled with an apprenticeship. By then, however, the damage has already been done.

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