For years, the Trends editors have argued that American colleges, for the most part, fall short of their potential both in terms of productivity and overall excellence. We’ve also examined the growing skills mismatch (too many workers are unskilled, and too few are highly skilled). This persists in spite of the strategic advantage derived from America’s top research universities, which make America’s top 5 percent, the smartest in the world (and they act as a magnet for the world’s best and brightest). So how can we ensure that Americans correctly solve the cost-benefit equation associated with going to college and selecting the right careers? Answering these questions correctly will have significant implications for our society as well as individuals in the years ahead.
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