Beyond one-size-fits-all college dreams

James E. Rosenbaum, Jennifer L. Stephan

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The vast majority of high school students plan to attend college—and believe that a bachelor's degree all but guarantees them a high-paying job. What many of them don't know is that those who are not well prepared are not likely to graduate. They also don't realize that plenty of career-focused certificates and associate's degrees lead to satisfying careers that pay just as well as, and sometimes better than, careers that require a bachelor's degree. If detailed information on the broad array of higher education and career options were made available to them, students would have more incentive to work hard in high school and a better chance of achieving their dreams.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-13
JournalAmerican Educator
StatePublished - 2010


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