NC State Econonmist Dr. Mike Walden – “Should We Certify College Degrees?”


Mary:    I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if we should certify college degrees.  Mike, with higher education becoming a more important element in obtaining a good paying job, the focus has turned to what students are learning in colleges.   There are reports that some employers are disappointed with the quality of college graduates, and they expect to devote considerable time to “on the job training” for this individuals.  Is there a way to address this issue?

Mike:  Summary Answer

  1. First, don’t want to paint a broad brush – talking about some employers and some college graduates
  2. But one idea floated to address this is national certification exams in a college graduate’s major
  3. Done for CPAs and for lawyers
  4. Idea is to make universal for more majors
  5. Would mean employers would evaluate a graduate based on how did on the exam, and not on where they went to school, or other factors
  6. Would also reduce employers’ costs of on-the-job training
  7. I’m MW

Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service