The U.S. is trying to fix education on the cheap. And it won't work.
Carnevale noted that the government's current effort at promoting "sub-baccalaureate" education at community colleges is a lot cheaper financially than trying to give more of our children a four year college degree.
The cheap quick fix, however, won't work. The problem is that jobs below the four year degree level are almost never knowledge worker jobs. So these "sub-bac" workers will not be creating additional jobs. Knowledge workers, on the other hand, create around 4 additional local jobs per person.
Nevertheless, the government and educators will pursue this stupid strategy for another 3-5 years, before understanding that a bigger investment in making higher education universal is the only answer. Of course, the government and education leaders don't want their own children or grandchildren to have a "sub-baccalareate" education - - just your kids.