Just as the No Child Left Behind Act mandates strict accountability of elementary and secondary schools, all colleges should be required to administer the value-added test I propose to all entering freshmen and to students about to graduate, and to report the mean value added, broken out by precollege SAT scores, race, and gender. That would strongly encourage institutions to improve their undergraduate education and to admit only students likely to derive enough benefit to justify the time, tuition, and opportunity costs. Societal bonus: Employers could request that job applicants submit the test results, leading to more-valid hiring decisions.
Hmm…while I agree with author Marty Nemko that college is overrated our reasons are different. He thinks colleges need to be more like tire companies and be held accountable regarding their products. Tires — college grads, what’s the dif? I, on the other hand, think that we can gain deep knowledge and understanding in many venues, the college classroom being just one of them.