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In the December/03 issue President Randel (“From the President”) emphasized the importance of continued investments in higher education. In reality, the U.S. invests far too much in higher education, with 20 percent of all bachelor’s degree holders between 25 years old and 65 years old holding non-college level jobs, as measured by the U.S. Department of Labor. One of the reasons that so much manufacturing has been lost from the U.S. to other countries is that so many of the best students follow what turns out to be the empty promise of a university degree rather than developing a trade and devoting their energies to improving U.S. productivity.

I believe we should invest more in training and, selectively, more in higher education in the fields that will strengthen the U.S. trade balance.

Harry C. Moser, MBA’81
Kildeer, Illinois

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