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What’s a Degree Worth? A New Test Will Help Employers Know What a Graduate Has Learned


Is a degree from Harvard worth more than one from Oklahoma State? By how much? A year at Harvard costs $52,650 versus about $9,000 at OSU.

So is a graduate of Harvard almost six times better than one of OSU? You may soon be able to tell, courtsey of a new test called the Collegiate Learning Assessment that supposedly provides an objective, benchmarked report card for critical-thinking skills.

The CLA is like an ACT or SAT test taken after a student finishes college. The goal is to establish what a student has learned, since just having a diploma and good grades are increasingly viewed with skepticism by employers. A survey found that only one in four employers think that colleges are doing a good job preparing students for the global economy.