Is an online class more important than experience?

Posted by
Jeff Black On Jun 21 , 2013

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“Would you want a doctor who cheated his or her way through medical school?”

This question was posed in response to a blog post we wrote earlier this week called Why schools should relax about cheating.

The answer is no, we would most certainly not want a doctor who cheated his or her way through medical school (although I do know a few veteran nurses who slept their way through school); and so, we are most definitely not suggesting that they do.

With that being said, we do not believe every undergraduate class in college will make or break a student’s ability to do great work in the professional world. Do journalism majors really need to learn calculus? Even so that still may not be an excellent reason for a student to get help with their online class; nevertheless, I do have a reason, which I believe to be a valid one.

According to Bonnie Kerrigan Snyder, author of The New College Reality, “Today nearly 20 percent of the unemployed in the United States have college degrees while less than half of all college graduates under age twenty-five are working jobs that require them.”

Kerrigan also reported, based on statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “There are currently over 482,000 customer service representatives with college degrees, along with 317,000 waiters and waitresses. There are over 80,000 bartenders and 18,000 parking lot attendants – part of a total of 17 million Americans with college degrees working at jobs that do not require college-level skills.”

What do these statistics have to do with cheating? A lot.

In Fall 2011, there were 21.6 million undergraduate students and 2.9 million graduate students enrolled in U.S. colleges, but, according to the Economic Policy Institute, only an estimated 2 million did internships.

Most students don’t have time for and/or cannot afford to undertake an internship, and experience is what employers value most. They do not care about GPAs, majors and the like. Never mind the fact that students learn more in the workplace than they do in classes.

So yes, while a doctor cheating his way through medical school is not good, an undergraduate having someone take an online class, which has little to do with his or her profession, is okay in our book because it provides them with time to gain something much more valuable – identity capital.

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