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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