15.Oct.2014 Is an OSU Diploma a Dunce Cap?
I have written extensively about the college/education bubble. Tuition has risen more than quality of education (which if anything, has decreased), etc.
When a potential employer looks at your resume and sees Oregon State (or Oregon, Washington State, etc), is this nothing more than a quick selection tool? If so, not going to college might be better than subpar college.
a. No debt upon graduation
b. No negative stigma associated with a tier 3 college
c. Enter workforce earlier and gain real skills
d. Become a self-educated man and spend more time mastering subjects you plan to excel in (very important in a division of labor/specialist economy).
e. All the information is free online.
These are all nice benefits. The one benefit in going to college is that it’s replaced high school diploma as the benchmark. An employer would select you over a high school education. That’s about it. If employers would take the time to actually explore each applicant, it would greatly reduce that problem. So if you’re in a position to hire people, maybe you should do that.
And no I am not bitter and do not need a job, though I am always open to discussions. This is mostly due to anger over the high cost for a bad product. Which we find in healthcare, too. I also make this post because I do feel people associate an OSU diploma with dunces. It’s a quick selection tool. I know someone will bring up the engineering school being ranked. None of that really matters, though. All that matters is what people outside of the Corvallis area think of when they hear OSU, and it is rarely (never) positive/prestigious. At best reactions are neutral or lukewarm.