The Utility of a College Degree

By Angela Thering.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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In an age of increasing competition for admittance to “good” colleges and decreasing employment opportunities for those with college degrees, this study examines a group of 18 white, working-class, undergraduate, first generation students’ experience in college and future hopes. Two main themes which were drawn from this qualitative study were that the participants viewed their degree as a step in the “right” direction toward a stable economic future, and this group of students seemed to simultaneously fear and ignore the constraints on the job market that awaited them, and the influence neoliberalism has had on the American economy.

Keywords: First Generation College Student, Higher Education, Working Class Studies

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 439.403KB).

Dr. Angela Thering

Assistant Professor, Education Department, D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York, USA

Dr. Thering is an assistant professor at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. Her interests are first generation college students, working class studies, globalization, critical race theory, critical white studies, and social studies education. Dr. Thering teaches courses in the social and philosophical foundations of education and social studies methods.


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