College majors to be eliminated in favor of programs with  “clear career pathways”, according to a proposal for the board of regents at University of Wisconsin, Stephens Point: English, philosophy, history and 10 others.1

 New college majors emerging in 2018: Nanotechnology, Game Design, Social Media2

Choice of college majors amongst Fortune 400 CEOs: #1 economics, #2 business administration3

Highest level of education attained by each of the following individuals: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zukerberg, Larry Page (Google), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Jack Dorsey  (founder of Twitter and Square), John Mackey, (founder of Whole Foods), Russell Simmons (entrepreneur, CEO of Rush Records): college dropout.4

Average undergraduate tuition, fees, and room and board rates charged for full-time students at a private 4-year college or university in 1978 (adjusted for inflation): $2,7255

Average undergraduate tuition and room and board rates estimated for full-time students at a private 4-year college or university in 2017-2018: $ 46,9506

Annual cost above represented as a percentage of the 2018 US median household income:  79%6,7

Number of colleges offering varsity eSport (video gaming) scholarships in 2018: 50+8

 Year that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) identified Internet gaming disorder as a new potential psychiatric disorder: 2016 9

In 2015, percentage of recent high school graduates enrolled in a two- or four-year college degree program: 65.8% male. 72.5% female 10

In 1967, percentage of recent high school graduates enrolled in a two- or four-year college degree program: 57% male. 47.2% female 10

Number of consecutive years that women have earned a higher percentage of doctoral degrees than men in the US: eight 11

Number of students graduating from Stanford University this quarter: 16,424 12

Number of students who have taken Stanford University’s (MOOcs) massive open online courses since they were introduced in 2011: 10,000,000 13

Number of US students enrolled in at least one online class in 2002: 1.6 million. 14

That same number in 2016:  6 million. 14

Percentage of students receiving a GED or equivalent through Boston Uncornered, a program which pays gang affiliated youth to get a degree: 72% 15

Cost to the state of Massachusetts for the Uncornered  program: $30,000 per student per year 15

Cost to state of Massachusetts for incarceration and/or probation of gang affiliated youth not participating in the Uncornered program : $53,000 annually per person per year 15

In school year 2018-2019, number of American students expected to receive an undergraduate college degree: 1.9 million. 16

In 2018, number of US students receiving an undergraduate degree in the musical art of bag piping: one 4

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*With apologies to Harper’s Magazine.

1 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/03/21/university-of-wisconsin-campus-pushes-plan-to-drop-13-majors-including-english-history-and-philosophy/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4d5739151adc 
2 https://www.collegeraptor.com/find-colleges/articles/college-majors-minors/5-new-emerging-college-majors/
3 https://www.forbes.com/sites/denizcam/2017/10/20/what-should-you-major-in-if-you-want-to-be-a-billionaire/#73f1033c7cf4
4 https://mashable.com/2016/09/22/12-entrepreneurs-who-dropped-out-of-college/#ZB_FSPZtXaqH
5 https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d07/tables/dt07_320.asp
6 https://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing/figures-tables/average-estimated-undergraduate-budgets-2017-18#Key%20Points
7 https://seekingalpha.com/article/4152222-january-2018-median-household-income
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/esports-college-scholarships-varsity-competitive-video-game-players/
9 https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.2016.16020224
10 https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/11/gender-education-gap/546677/
11 http://www.aei.org/publication/women-earned-majority-of-doctoral-degrees-in-2016-for-8th-straight-year-and-outnumber-men-in-grad-school-135-to-100/
12 https://registrar.stanford.edu/enrollment-statistics-2017-18
13 https://news.stanford.edu/2018/06/22/moocs/
14 https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/04/college-online-degree-blended-learning/557642/
15 https://www.educationdive.com/news/boston-uncornered-finds-success-paying-former-gang-involved-youth-a-stipend/530995/
16 https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372
17 http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2009/05/07/Carnegie-Mellon-is-home-to-nation-s-only-graduating-bagpipe-major/stories/200905070462

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