Archive for November, 2010

Helping All MHS Students who Seek a Bachelor’s Degree

Friday, November 19th, 2010

It is well known that people with bachelor’s degrees have greater earning potential and a lower unemployment rate than those who do not.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with a bachelor’s degree earn 20% more than those with an associate’s degree (translating to over $500,000 of lifetime income), and have 23% lower unemployment[1]. Furthermore, it is a fact supported by recent studies, which have been reported in both the literature and in the popular press, that a student has a far better chance of earning a degree if he/she starts at a four-year college[2],[3],[4]. That is the foundation for CQE’s position on 4-year college: that all Metuchen students should have that same best opportunity to earn a four-year degree by beginning their studies at a four-year school.

Nearly 35% of the MHS Class of 2010 are not attending a 4-year college straight from high school.   The organization and other members of the community who understand the importance of a 4-year degree are asking the Board to examine why MHS students are pursuing a 2 year degree if they are intending to go on to a four year college? Do they think they can save money by beginning at a community college?  Is it because they have not been encouraged to apply to a 4-year college? CQE believes it is imperative that these questions be investigated. (more…)