What's the point of college?

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What's the point of college?
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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 9:18am
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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 9:41am
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/sunday-review/26leonhardt.html

Article from Sunday review in the nytimes re: even cashiers benefit from college

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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 1:53pm
No doubt 'both' in my mind - and in fact I'm hoping that colleges now provide some type of people skills training that I definitely didn't get while there, that I got as OJT over the years. I need more of that now than my technical skills as I manage more and work with cross-functional groups in a technical environment.

I do see that some degrees provide more intellectual 'growth' than others if this is trying to convey you take all kinds of core classes - in looking at options for ds going into studio art, if he went for a BFA it's almost all art classes; going to the U he is for a BA there's 56 hours of core that include history, math, science, philosophy, English, social science, cultural diversity, etc. which I would see as more "intellectual growth" than "specific skills and knowledge". But as someone in the comments section said, all of it proves (kinda like an Eagle project) that they can follow through with a 'project' (degree) with all its nuances.

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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 2:34pm

Students today--elementary school through colllege-- are assigned many more group projects requireing teamwork, than when we were in school.

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Wed, 06-29-2011 - 4:47pm

"The Pew Research Center surveyed about 2,000 Americans and found that 47 percent think the main purpose of college is to teach work-related skills and knowledge. But 39 percent say the main purpose of college is intellectual and personal growth. About 12 percent said the years we spend at an institute of higher learning should be devoted to both."

If you'd asked me when I was a college student I would have said "teach work-related skills and knowledge" because I had no idea what I would do with just a more-educated mind.