ERIC Number: EJ782166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
College for All?
Carnevale, Anthony P.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v40 n1 p22-31 Jan-Feb 2008
"College for all" arises from deep in our individualistic cultural bias, and the motto works as a public narrative because high school vocational alternatives are widely regarded as second best by the general public, if not by the elites. However, there is more to "college for all" than cultural bias, political positioning, and middle-class angst. This article argues that the motto also resonates with our recent experience in the shifting economy. It demonstrates that the increase in demand for postsecondary workers results in part from the fact that workers with the most education are likely to be the most effective learners in the high-performance work organizations typical of the new knowledge economy. With no substantial apprenticeship system in the United States, postsecondary education has become our core workforce-development system. The article addresses educators' concerns that with the economic value of education increasing, it may become too much like job training. We need to aspire to a dual bottom line in American higher education, strike a pragmatic balance between education's growing economic role and its traditional cultural and political independence from economic forces. Increasing the pragmatic relevance of education should extend educators' ability to empower Americans to do work of the world, rather than to retreat from it.
Descriptors: Job Training, Education Work Relationship, Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Employment, Employment Opportunities, Employees
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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