RE: Gender breakdown

Date: Tue Mar 07 2000 - 09:17:55 EST

The college degree as a ticket to middle class seems at least for the time
being, to be a thing of the past. Although colleges and universities
frequntly maintain that they are not in the business of job training, that
is pretty much why most in my generation (H.S grad of 1964) went. There
was a quantum leap between college degree occupations versus those not
requireing one. Many areas of technical skills aquisition can offer
completers well-paying and personally satisfying occupations. I don't
feel this is of lessor value than an undergraduate degree. Perhaps we to
need to identify many more indicators of educational achievement than the
college degree

However, the demographic pipelines need to be monitored closely, and
information in this discussion indicates there are large sub-populations
that are not able to access the full range of educational and occupational
options that are out there. That should be of concern to everyone.
Barbara Tavares
University of Hawaii

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