Inquires Timmy. But its a stupid question. Indeed, a curiously illiberal anti-business not-really-thought-through question. The premiss is the usual one: the degrees aren’t useful, they are a hangover from the old days, they aren’t value-for-money, and they don’t teach people what business wants them taught.
But of course what they do give you, even if you believe all that, is a piece of paper that allows employers to value you.
One solution is just to say, aha, universities are just convenient traps for the initiativeless, whilst those with va-voom get on with making their way in biznis. In which case, if you’re one of those with initiative, what have you got to whinge about?
Another solution, if you believe all that, is to talk to the employers, not the students or the people running the universities. Suggest that they run recruitment fairs in high schools, not in universities.
For myself I think its nonsense to suggest that 18 year olds can pick up university level maths just from books. And the lectures I attended didn’t consist of people reading out textbooks. And I doubt the idea applies to other subjects, either.