Enough already. Today I overheard a women pronouncing that if you want an education, go to university, if you want a job, go to college. I had to bite my tongue. I wanted to ask her, “What make you say that?” I suspect that if she answered, she would say something like, that’s my opinion, or maybe, everyone knows that.
The point is that she couldn’t be more wrong, at least in Ontario. Recent research from the Council of Ontario Universities shows that university grads have higher employment rates, lower unemployment rates, have grown their share of employment more than any other group, make a lifetime salary of $915,000 more than a college grad. University grads are more likely to be employed in a job related to their field, and 23 out of 26 disciplines, including the social sciences and the humanities had over a 90% employment rate. If you don’t believe me, check out the COU report.
Don’t misunderstand my point. I believe strongly in community colleges and the high quality education that they provide in our province. I know a lot of dedicated professors who teach in the college system. A university program isn’t for everyone. Nor should it be, and we need good alternatives to ensure that everyone gets a chance to have a good job.
The lesson of this little rant is that we all need to think about our assumptions. Rather than state opinions, maybe we should examine the evidence. Consider the source of the evidence and it’s reliability and validity. And then form our opinions based on facts, not on assumptions. Doing the research, finding the evidence, might help people make better decisions.