Monday, September 26, 2022

Lost in the College-Major-Regret Story: It's Not About the Majors


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  Lost in the College-Major-Regret Story: It's Not About the Majors


How To Choose Your Major In College | Choosing a College Major
by Christine Emba, Washington Post

"Regrets, I’ve had a few — as have, apparently, many of those who majored in languages, literature, history, art, religion and the like.

Earlier this month, The Post’s “Department of Data” published a striking article about higher education. According to a recent Federal Reserve survey, The Post reported, 37 percent of college graduates — nearly 2 in 5 — regret their chosen field of study, including nearly half of humanities and arts majors. (Engineers reported the lowest rates of regret, at 24 percent.)

This data, on its face, mirrors the dominant conversation around the value of college and the need for more students to shift to “practical” fields of study such as those under the STEM umbrella, or to transition to more vocational training.

But while the findings were eye-catching, the focus on choice of major was a major misdirection. After all, the difference between the highest and lowest rates of regret isn’t actually that large. And “vocational and technical training” was the third-most-regretted field of study."

>> Situational Awareness: "Delve deeper into the Federal Reserve report and one quote stands out: “Perceptions of higher education are linked to whether individuals had to borrow for their education, and whether the returns on their education were sufficient for them to repay their student loans.”

>> The Key Quote: "The Federal Reserve report adds: “Student loan borrowers with outstanding debt were … twice as likely as those who repaid their debt to say that the costs of their education outweigh the benefits.”

>> Quotable: “To prepare each citizen to choose wisely and to enable him to choose freely are paramount functions of the schools in a democracy,” Franklin D. Roosevelt said years before he signed the GI Bill and essentially reinvented American higher ed."

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2. ITA Regional Champions

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association held eight small college regional events this weekend. Winners qualify for the ITA nationals. Three will be completed today, while eight more will be contested next weekend.


New England

  • Singles: Olivia Soffer (Babson) d. Sarah Pertsemlidis (MIT), 7-5, 6-2
  • Doubles: Cara Hung / Jamilah Karah (Bowdoin) d. Pertsemlidis / Jay Lu (MIT), 6-4, 6-3


  • Singles: Ida Krause (NYU) d. Josephine Libby (Rochester), 6-4, 7-5
  • Doubles: Krause / Fordham (NYU) d. Ridenour / Flores (RPI), 6-1, 6-3
  • Singles: Sarah Yang (Carnegie Mellon) vs. Crystal Zhou (Carnegie Mellon)
  • Doubles: Zhou / Danna Taylor (Carnegie Mellon) d. Lauren Long / Margaret Carlton (Washington and Lee), 5-7, 6-2, 10-8


  • Singles: Stephanie Shulman (Emory) d. Alice Hall (Sewanee), 6-1, 6-1
  • Brooke Despriet / Katherine Perry (Sewanee) d. Hall / Ansley Carpenter (Sewanee), 6-1, 6-2
  • Singles: Suzuka Nishino (UT Dallas) d. Trinity Levy (Trinity, Texas), 6-1, 6-1
  • Doubles: Levy / Cate Cushing (Trinity, texas) d. Olivia Kim / Ruth Hill (Trinity, Texas), 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-6

  • Singles: Abhi Ramireddy (Washington, Mo.) d. Emil Grantcharov (Chicago), 6-3, 6-1
  • Doubles: Ramireddy / Phuc Huynh (Washington, Mo.) d. James Hopper / Vishwa Aduru (Case Western Reserve), 6-4, 7-5

>> Complete Results

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3. Cardinals Hold Onto Top Spot

Ethan Greenfield

"Some things just don't change."

The top 10 DIII football teams in the country may have been moved around a little, but they are remained in their group as the latest poll was released Sunday afternoon.

  1. North Central, Ill. (18), 3-0
  2. Mount Union (5), 3-0
  3. UW-Whitewater (1), 2-1
  4. Mary Hardin-Baylor (1), 3-1
  5. Trinity, Texas, 3-0
  6. Saint John's, 2-1
  7. Linfield, 2-0
  8. Johns Hopkins, 4-0
  9. UW-La Crosse, 3-0
  10. Hardin-Simmons, 2-1
11-15: Wheaton (Ill.), Bethel, Ithaca, Cortland, Delaware Valley
16-20: UW-Oshkosh, UW-River Falls, Carnegie Mellon, Randolph-Macon, Susquehanna
21-25:, Wartburg, Albion, Central, Huntingdon, DePauw

>> This Weekend: No. 11 Wheaton, Ill. at No. 1 North Central, Ill.; No. 4 UW-Whitewater at No. 9 UW-La Crosse; Morrisville at No. 13 Cortland; Ursinus at No. 21 Susquehanna

>> Complete Poll

4. Introducing the Western Connecticut Wolves

official wolves logo
"The journey to develop our new mascot took over two years, beginning with the founding of a committee to select and adopt a new mascot identity, announced Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services Jay Murray on Wednesday.

The Mascot Advisory Committee presented a final ballot with several choices to the Western Connecticut State University community including students, staff/faculty and alumni, asking them to choose the new mascot identity. Nearly 3,000 respondents, 51% of whom were students, 39% of whom were alumni/emeriti and 10% of whom were faculty and staff, voted. Wolves received 49% of the total votes cast, beating out the other choices."

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5.  Lightning Round 

  Field Hockey

  • There are eight teams with spotless records - Rowan (8-0), Salisbury (8-0), Shenandoah (8-0), Johnson and Wales (7-0), Middlebury (7-0), Trinity, Conn. (7-0), Tufts (7-0), Scranton (6-0).
  Soccer (M)
  • There are six sides that are unbeaten and untied - UW-Eau Claire (11-0), Western Connecticut (10-0), Chicago (8-0), Kenyon (8-0), North Park (8-0), and Carnegie Mellon (7-0).

  Soccer (W)

  • There are seven sides that are unbeaten and untied - FDU-Florham (10-0), Wartburg (9-0), Babson (8-0), Calvin (8-0), Montclair State (8-0), Case Western Reserve (7-0) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (6-0).

  Volleyball (W)

  • There are just two teams remaining with unblemished records - Claremont-M-S (13-0), and Northwestern (13-0).

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