Are Universities Relevant in Today’s Economy?


Episode 16

Stories in the popular media on the value of a college education tend to head in opposite directions. One business publication covers why a notable CEO says that a college degree is not necessary for success while the latest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics states that usual median weekly earnings in 2017 for workers who earned a bachelor’s degree was $1,173 as compared with $712 for workers having only a high school diploma. Besides potential economic advancement, what else can prospective students gain by participating in the college experience and ultimately attaining a degree?   

Joining Curiosity Unplugged today are Senior Lecturer of Biomedical Engineering Bonnie Haferkamp; Joe Hakes, Illinois Tech’s director of athletics; and Katherine Stetz, vice provost for student affairs and dean of students.