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The Dollars And Cents of College Degrees

John Walker

In the shadow of the Great Recession, many prospective students and their parents are looking at college with an eye toward the economic value of certain majors, with some hoping to avoid the so called 'useless' degree. We take a look at some surprising new research on this topic and hear from voices both in and out of the college system.


  • Anthony Carnevale: director of the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce and author of a new report on the economic value of college majors
  • Mariko Silver: president of Bennington College
  • Dale Stephens: founder of UnCollege, a gap-year program for young adults
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