Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire

  • November 21, 2013
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STEM focus at universities must include courses that broaden students’ abilities to think in different ways.


Students are encouraged to learn subjects that will make them employable, but today’s jobs aren’t necessarily tomorrow’s jobs. Specialization is valuable, but it may not be the best investment in a student’s education if it is not supported by courses that broaden their communication, learning, and problem solving skills.

Today’s parents are not unlike venture capitalists looking for a return on investment. Dr. Peter Cappelli’s article includes an excerpt from an email that Texas A&M University sent to this year’s class of incoming petroleum engineers:

Recent data suggests that some concern about the sustainability of the entry-level job market during a time of explosive growth in the number of students studying petroleum engineering in U.S. universities may be prudent.

Food for thought…

Dr. Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School and Professor of Education.

Link to Full Source: The Wall Street Journal