“Graduate school is the new undergrad.” It’s all too true…
Of note here is that in the days where an undergraduate degree (B.A., B.S., Assoc., etc…) was a thing to be proud of and not a societal expectation, the individuals that went beyond (i.e. to graduate school) comprised a great minority. In the days of The Graduate (1967), a bachelor’s degree was illustrious and constituted a minority in itself. It [an undergraduate degree] was something that set you apart from the rest of society; something that typically resulted in higher income and status.
Flash to present day. With hundreds upon hundreds of
companies colleges out there offering undergraduate degrees, more or less for purchase, it is hard to gain any distinction (or marketable value for that matter) by simply earning your Bachelor’s. To seek prominence, one must venture on to graduate school for his/her Master’s, PhD., PsyD., M.D., D.O., PharmD., J.D., etc… Only then will they really stand out. How much longer until graduate degrees (and the subsequent debt) become the new standard?
So instead of enduring the relatively fruitless venture altogether, many entrepreneurs/visionaries/brilliant minds are moving right along to the industry, learning as they go- taking on an ever formidable professor, known as the real world.
Don’t ever confound education and intelligence. In this era some truly moronic people have graduated from Ivies and some truly brilliant minds have gone to community college.
We need to stop sacrificing educational quality for quantity.