The higher education bamboozle continues. “Only one in four employers think that two- and four-year colleges are doing a good job preparing students for the global economy, according to a 2010 survey conducted for the Association of American Colleges and Universities.”
So what to do? A new non-profit is offering a post-graduation test called the College Learning Assessment or CLA+ test that will confirm what learning and critical thinking skills the newly minted graduate has. It is supposed to cut through all the grade inflation and other funny business that is being passed off as a college education these days. It is also supposed to give employers a useful yardstick to measure the cognitive skills of prospective employees whose grade point averages have become suspect.
Taking this ‘post-college SAT’ appears to be a desperate approach from one perspective for it indicts the remaining pride of the US educational system. Worse than that, the CLA+ doesn’t have to be given only to college grads. In principle anyone can take it to demonstrate their mental acumen, even people who have taken any number of MOOCs in any number of subject areas. (more here)
So what happens when employers find an alternative reliable yardstick to a sheepskin from the halls of ivy?
I’ll have more to say about the new upper class of over-educated elitist snobs later this week as we explore the real separation of classes. But so far it has all hung on the acknowledged functioning of our tiers of institutions that form our overpriced higher educational system. If that breaks, …