A Liberal Arts Degree Leads To A Good-paying Career

A liberal arts degree leads to a good-paying career

We are constantly besieged with messaging that a liberal arts degree is useless. Maybe even worse than useless: a path to being a pauper or something close. Stuck in low-paying work that leaves you unable to pay off the loans and earn enough to buy a house and raise a family. Think again! In a New York Times column, entitled…

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Young Professionals Concentrating In Big Cities

Young professionals concentrating in big cities

More than a decade ago we identified four common characteristics of high-prosperity non-energy-driven states: Over concentrated in knowledge-based services which are the sectors of the economy both growing and high wageHigh proportion of adults with a four-year degree or moreEven higher college attainment in the state's big metro(s)In those big metros a high proportion of adults with a four-year degree…

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The Myth Of Six-figure Welders

The myth of six-figure welders

We first wrote about welders in 2013. Its a topic we keep coming back to, most recently in a 2018 post entitled What skilled trades job actually pay. The reason why we keep writing about welders is they have become Exhibit One for the case why others' kids don't need to get a four-year degree to have a good-paying career.…

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College Entrance Exams And College Admission

College entrance exams and college admission

Paul Tough's excellent new book The Years That Matter Most explores how college entrance exams––SAT and ACT––impact who gets admitted to college. He does it by comparing the impact of college entrance exams on both admissions and college success to high school GPA. The bottom line is that college entrance exams advantage male, affluent, white or Asian, and with highly…

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Talent Attracts Capital

Talent attracts capital

In preparing presentations about our placemaking recommendations what has struck me is that the key message can be summed up in three words: talent attracts capital. Where talent means primarily those with a four-year degree or more. What the most prosperous non-energy-driven states and regions have most in common is a high proportion of their adults with a Bachelors Degree…

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