Written by Carol Christen
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 16:24

The Harvard University Graduate School of Education released its research from the two-year study “Pathways to Prosperity Project” in September of 2010.

Here are a few highlights of the Project’s conclusions: 

  • The current U.S. education system is failing to prepare millions of young adults for successful careers by providing a one-size-fits-all approach, and it should take a cue from its European counterparts by offering greater emphasis on occupational instruction.
  • Based on their research, the Harvard study notes that too much emphasis is placed in high school on going on to a four-year college. Yet only 30 percent of young adults in the United States successfully complete a bachelor's degree.
  • The number of jobs that require no post-secondary education have declined, researchers note.  Only one-third of the jobs created in the coming years are expected to need a bachelor's degree or higher. Roughly the same amount will need just an associate's degree or an occupational credential.

For more conclusions from the Pathways to Prosperity Project, do an Internet search.  Try these search words:Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education