Colleges and universities across Texas and the country are beginning their fall semesters. Some students are learning on campus and others are learning from a distanced laptop.
But what’s important is that they are learning.
While the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic are both trying and unusual, there is hardly a time when higher education has been more important. Most jobs require a postsecondary credential, and 71 percent of jobs are expected to require a credential by 2036. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers who have earned a bachelor’s degree are twice as likely to find or retain a job during this pandemic. And if the recession that began in 2008 is any indication, most of the jobs that will be created as we work out of this economic downturn will require a college certificate or degree.