Post from the internet- "Yes, the college situation in the US is fucked beyond help. You have employers who require college educations for jobs that really don't need one. You have HR departments that only care to check a box that says "undergrad degree". You have high school counselors telling kids that they can't get "good jobs" without college. You have high schools who are pressured into grading kids high because they don't want to be the cause of kids not getting into college, making high school GPA pretty much a meaningless measure that's still somehow incredibly fucking important to a lot of colleges. On top of that, you have rapidly rising tuition costs driven by the unreasonable demand of kids who go to college for no other reason than their parents and peers tell them it's important against a dwindling supply of actually-qualified instructors. All of that leads to a huge population of undergrads who have no actual qualifications, because most of them went to schools that didn't really give them a quality education, mostly because failing kids out doesn't keep the tuition checks coming in. And employers... instead of trying to fix this situation by, say, using proficiency tests or some other metric than "has a degree", just increase the requirements to graduate education. Which in turn is leading to a glut of under-educated Masters graduates. Everyone loses here. The schools are losing any kind of distinction they once had, and along with it the trust of the general population who are learning to devalue higher education. Employers are needing to pay less-qualified people more money, because those people demand more so they can pay their student loans (and after all, they have a degree, right?). Most of the students lose, because the marginal increase in income is insignificant next to the burden of student debt they accepted to get the degree. And society loses twice over by locking up young talent in college when those kids could be providing valuable services (for careers that don't really require higher education), and by devaluing the education and skills for those careers that really do demand higher education (e.g. sciences, engineering, etc.). tl;dr: The current situation with college education in the US pretty much fucks everyone over and not much is being done about that."