A new report from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education admits what many of us have known all along the traditional four-year college degree is not necessarily the best path for everyone .
A new report released by Harvard Wednesday states in some of the strongest terms yet that such a college for all emphasis may actually harm many American students keeping them from having a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood and a viable career.
The American system for preparing young people to lead productive and prosperous lives as adults is clearly badly broken, concludes the report, Pathways to Prosperity (pdf).
Despite a clear message that college is important and a pervasive desire among young students to attend college only about 30 percent of Americans complete a bachelors degree by their mid-20s, with another 10 percent completing an associates degree by then. A massive effort in recent decades to increase those numbers has improved them only slightly.