Community college pays off

What students major in at community college determines if it is worthwhile (“When Community College Is a Good Investment – And When It Isn’t,” The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, Apr. 18).  The same thing can be said for four-year colleges.  Liberal arts degrees at both have the lowest financial yields.  The only difference is that it is less expensive getting a degree at a community college.

The field of study is the No. 1 factor in determining the return on investment. Yet the myth persists that a bachelor’s degree in any field contains a wage premium.  I doubt that is true.  A bachelor’s degree in gender studies will not carry the same salary weight as an associate degree in nursing.  It’s time to question the pecuniary value of a bachelor’s degree.

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