American Colleges Lag in Meeting Labor Needs

by E Wayne Ross on January 4, 2010

The Chronicle: American Colleges Lag in Meeting Labor Needs

Despite calls to more closely link higher education with job needs in the United States, American colleges are only “moderately responsive” to changes in the labor markets, according to a new working paper by three economists.

The study, whose preliminary results were presented on Monday at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, found that some academic programs, such as computer science, appear to be highly responsive to labor-market trends, while others, like medicine and dentistry, are largely unaffected by changes in employment opportunities.