This Week in College News: Georgetown Study Links Unemployment to College Majors

georgetown unemployment study college majorsBy Sam Coren Staff

Every week StudentAdvisor compiles the top stories in college news. Here are some of the biggest stories that made the headlines this week: 

New Georgetown Study: Among New Grads Architecture & Arts Degree Holders Have Highest Unemployment Rate

A new report released Wednesday by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University reveals a relationship between unemployment and the majors chosen by recent college graduates. According to the study, entitled “Hard Times, College Majors, Unemployment, and Earnings: Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal,”  those with the highest rates of unemployment had undergraduate degrees in architecture (13.9%), the arts (11.1%) and the humanities (9.4%). Despite the unemployment rate for arts and architecture grads, their prospects are still much better than those without a high school diploma (31.5% unemployment rate) and those who only have a high school diploma (22.9% unemployment rate).


University System of Georgia Chancellor Proposes Consolidating 8 State Colleges to 4

Hank Huckaby, the University System of Georgia Chancellor, has recommended to the Board of Regents that eight of the System’s 35 colleges and universities be merged. According to Huckaby, “These proposed consolidations are the right approach for us to take at the right time in the system and the state’s history. Our goal is a more educated Georgia, with a network of institutions that offer a range of needed degrees for 21st century demands. We are going to fulfill our mission within the limited resources available.” New distance learning options will be at the forefront of the consolidation plan to bridge geographical difficulties caused by the mergers.

The colleges recommended for consolidation include:

Gainesville State College with North Georgia College & State University 

Middle Georgia College with Macon State College

Waycross College with South Georgia College 

Augusta State University with Georgia Health Sciences University 


New Hampshire Public Colleges End Affirmative-Action

A new state law in New Hampshire went into effect January 1st that prevents the state’s public colleges from using affirmative-action in admissions decisions. Despite the law going into effect the consequences are believed to have little impact on the current admissions process at state funded colleges. “Nothing in this bill would cause or require the community-college system to alter its practices,”  said Shannon E. Reid, a spokeswoman for New Hampshire’s community-college system.

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