It Might Mean the Beginning of the End for College
BY JEFF STEEN, CONTENT MARKETER AND AUTHOR @IN_THE_WRITE
While college tuition rises, businesses like Google are offering their own credentials -- for a lot less. It might be the educational model we've needed for decades.
A few days ago, Sundar Pichai announced a $100 million Google Career Certificates fund. It's got nothing to do with college education, and instead, focuses on giving up-and-coming data analytics, IT, project management, and UX design students the tactical tools needed to start their careers with a bang.
It follows in a long line of similar efforts by coding bootcamps across the country and online educational portals like Udemy and Coursera.
To all of this I say: Thank goodness.
Now, I'm not advocating for the dissolution of higher ed and wholesale replacement by the programs noted above, but we need to take a hard look at the price tag -- and inaccessibility -- of a college degree.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the average cost of tuition and fees to attend a ranked public college in state during the 2021-22 school year comes to roughly $10,000. Out-of-staters can expect to pay closer to $23,000. Those enrolled at private schools are looking at around $38,000.
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