"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
"What is a college education really worth?"
Well that's the title of a recent Washington Post article that proves once again that most things are what you make of them.
It cited a 2012 survey of more than 700 colleges which revealed some startling statistics.
Only 4% of schools require students to take a basic economics class.
Little more than a quarter of public – and only 5% of private – colleges and institutions require a single overview course of American history or government.
And only 61% require students take a college-level math course.
Many executives routinely complain about the lack of reading, writing and math skills in the recent graduates they hire.
These graduates have spent small fortunes and several years at institutions meant to prepare them for a future – and yet that goal may not be met.
Students, don't let that happen to you.
Take responsibility for your education and look closely at your course selections.
Consider the career you are interested in pursuing and then talk to some folks who work in the field.
If you are undecided, choose courses that will give you a strong foundation – no matter what career you choose to pursue.
College is a time to assert your independence. But with greater freedom comes greater responsibility.
Your tuition is an investment. Make sure it will pay off for you in the future.
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