The Trivialization of College
This trend does not just apply to undergraduate education. It also manifests itself, though to less of a degree, in post-graduate education. A Master's degree is now as rare and as valuable as a Bachelor's degree used to be. Every where you look new Master's or Business Administration degrees are being offered like free coffe in the break room.
Have doubts about my sentiment? Sit down and and have 10 conversations with average undergraduate students about to graduate. Ask yourself these questions:
Do they have a reasonable grasp on the English language?
Are their thoughts organized and conveyed in an intelligent manner?
Are their thoughts and arguments deep, or are they shallow and topographic in nature?
Do they us like in 40% of their sentences?
In most cases the answer will be no. These people speak as I would expect a high school student (though a relatively uneducated one).
The college education is becoming less and less valuable every year and one is left with pursuing higher and higher degrees as to not be lumped in with the undergradute only crowd.