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We all join colleges and universities to obtain a professional graduate degree in a particular field. Professors assign grades in the courses and the students performances are evaluated. But what knowledge and skills are we learning in exchange for the high tuition we pay?

This question just arose in my mind when I was preparing for a technical interview for a full-time opportunity a few weeks ago. I realized that the school courses never really taught us what the companies expect from us.

Although the courses offered in college provide a base for knowing the theoretical concepts of a particular field, it is just not enough.

More than 1,000 students graduate every year from a college, but almost one-fourth of them only get job offers in their respective fields. No reason to blame anyone as it may be due to the areas in which students are lacking, or the universities are at fault.

Recently, I came across an article in the education section of The Economist, “Higher education: Is college worth it?” One line in this article blew me away — too many college degrees are a waste of money. Also, colleges are just meant for providing a professional degree for your majors.

Is it really true?

I am not sure whether it is true or not. But it puts me in a dilemma and contradicts my views that “Colleges are not just meant for imparting education.” However, the article forged visions in my mind that colleges aren’t necessary for everyone.

I believe that college is not only a source of providing technical learning, but it makes us learn some other aspects of life, too.

PayScale, a research firm, gathered data of the graduates from more than 900 US universities and colleges. They asked them what they studied and how much they earn. The firm also compared the graduates’ earning with those who have never been to college.

According to their study, in some cases the graduate earnings reflects that they are more productive and intelligent than non-graduates. But, there are numerous non-graduates who are performing much better than the graduates as well.

Overall, it clearly depicts that the cost of obtaining a degree from college has tremendously increased in many US universities, no matter if the student is actually gaining something or not. But student’s debt has grown so large in achieving that degree.

A year ago, President Obama proposed several measures for ensuring low college tuition and good quality education. And still there are many issues prevailing, regarding the US higher education and tuition offered by the universities and colleges.

In my opinion, if unable to lower the college tuition, at least they should assure the students with relevant learning.

So, being students of a state university, what do you feel about the aforementioned issue?

Shaurya is a senior majoring in computer engineering and minoring in computer science

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