Busted College Myth of the Week: The American Dream of Going to College is Dead

Barry Lenson

Busted College Myth of the Week: The American Dream of Going to College is Dead

College Myth of the WeekIf you wanted to name the year 2011, chances are you would call it “The Year of Doom and Gloom.”

Negative predictions were everywhere, as the American dream came under attack. The dream of owning a home? Dead, in the new recession. The dream of getting a job after graduating from college? Dead, because American hiring was at an all-time low. And the dream of going to college? Also dead, because of surging college costs and cuts in educational funding.

But as year 2012 dawns, the American dream is coming back. According to the National Institute of Home Builders, important key indicators are already pointing to a housing recovery. In late December 2011, for example, there were increases in the number of new homes being built, in the number of building permits, and in sales of both new and existing homes.

Things are improving on the hiring front too. According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Labor in the first week of January 2012, the national unemployment rate sank to 8.5% in December 2011, its lowest level since February 2009. And the hiring outlook for college graduates who have majored in engineering, technology and healthcare subjects is now quite good. Plus, the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that people who choose careers in those fields can expect job security and career growth in the years ahead.

And there is ample reason to be optimistic about the outlook for American college education. According to the United States Distance Learning Association’s 2011 report (which only was able to present statistics gathered in 2008), a significant and growing number of American students are utilizing distance-learning options as way to start college, pursue their studies, and graduate with college degrees. And even though those statistics are not the latest, there is every reason to believe that the trend toward computerized learning is still in full sway.

That trend toward distance learning makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? When faced with obstacles like soaring tuition costs, resourceful American students have always looked for ways to cut costs, continue learning, and keep their educational dreams on track.

So is the dream of going to college dead and done for? Not at all, thanks to new innovative pricing structures and plans for delivering an education to students who want to go to college, prospects are looking better every day.

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