Explainer: what is credentialism and is a degree more than just a piece of paper?

degree is just a piece of paper real education

Lecturer in Organisation Studies, University of Southampton

Disclosure statement

Mark Gatenby does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

University of Southampton provides funding as a member of The Conversation UK.

View all partners

degree is just a piece of paper real education

Gaining that required qualification to put on your CV is what counts to win a job in today’s “graduate economy”. On current trends, perhaps everyone will have a degree by the end of this century. Already in Finland, a remarkable 80% of young people are now going to university.

With so many people obtaining degree qualifications there are concerns that academic credentials are losing meaning and value. “Credentialism”, a concept coined by social scientists in the 1970s , is the reduction of qualifications to status conferring pieces of paper. It’s an ideology which puts formal educational credentials above other ways of understanding human potential and ability.

Credentialism is creeping back into the higher education debate as academics and the wider public attempt to make sense of the university system we now have. Students are asking if their degrees are worth the tuition fees they are expected to pay back as long-term loans. University academics bemoan the pressures of grade inflation and systems of teaching which resemble factories. Meanwhile, online learning and the growth of accredited university certificates through massive open online courses (MOOCs) on website like Coursera offer an alternative to traditional university enrolment.

These are all important issues to debate for the future of our universities. But they ignore the fundamental value of credentials in the workplace.

Let’s take the appalling story of Victorino Chua, a Filipino nurse working at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, who on May 19 received 25 life sentences for poisoning and murdering multiple patients. Investigations by police and journalists have raised questions about the validity of Chua’s nursing qualifications and his academic record when studying in the Philippines. There have been suspicions that someone may have sat exams in the place of Chua and his academic transcript may have been tampered with. Fake nursing degrees have been found on sale in the Philippines for as little as £20.

In a BBC interview, the director of nursing and midwifery for the hospital defended the range of recruitment “checks” that take place, but also admitted they rely on the credentials provided by universities and professional bodies, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and cannot undertake their own detailed investigation into every employee.

The Stepping Hill case tells us that many people across the world are eager to obtain a university education as a passport to employment – and some go to desperate lengths to obtain the required certificate.

A basic requirement

A recent report by The Economist on the higher education system argued that a university degree is now the ultimate status symbol for entry into the middle classes across the world. It is the basic requirement for any professional occupation.

degree is just a piece of paper real education

But the world of education is still rife with corruption. Tampering with educational records is unlikely to benefit anyone – and producing cheap forgeries of degree certificates is clearly a pathetic way to attempt to make a living.

This does not mean that certificates represent meaningless qualifications. There is still a so-called graduate premium in economic terms because employers value the added skills and abilities that graduates can demonstrate. In wider social terms, research suggests a university degree provides many non-market benefits to individuals and society , including longer life expectancy, more leisure time, greater social mobility, and a lower propensity to commit crime. These effects are difficult to measure but they change society for the better, and they matter more than almost anything else.

Beware of class prejudice

There is a danger that the concept of credentialism is a form of class prejudice in the way that it devalues the qualifications of those parts of the population, both at home and internationally, participating in higher education for the first time.

Personally, I welcome the growth of higher education. I would not want us to return to the elitist world of the early 20th century when less than 1% of the population had the opportunity to get a degree.

So we need to ensure that university is more than a rite of passage culminating in a piece of paper. It is the role of the academic profession and higher education institutions to create worthwhile learning experiences. No one should discourage young people for wanting to better their life chances. If students have unrealistic expectations about education they need more education – not less.

Formal qualifications and paper degree certificates are bureaucratic artefacts, but they are not to blame for credentialism. They are simple and convenient representations of something much bigger and more important.

The fact that education is a global status symbol shows how effective education has become at giving people opportunities in life. However, education needs to be shaped as a public good, not a private commodity, and it therefore needs to be carefully regulated by governments and professional associations. Without regulation education is vulnerable to abuse, and this can lead to tragic outcomes.

We need to celebrate the value of higher education and look to its possibilities before prematurely dismissing its growth as crude credentialism.

  • Higher education
  • Labour market
  • the future of higher education
  • Graduate jobs
  • Grade inflation

PhD Scholarship

degree is just a piece of paper real education

Senior Lecturer, HRM or People Analytics

degree is just a piece of paper real education

Senior Research Fellow - Neuromuscular Disorders and Gait Analysis

degree is just a piece of paper real education

Centre Director, Transformative Media Technologies

degree is just a piece of paper real education

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

degree is just a piece of paper real education

Woman Shares How Her Mother-In-Law Is Obsessed With Her Husband, Making Her Uncomfortable

  • Relationships

degree is just a piece of paper real education

Brave Mumbai Police Constables Risk Lives To Save Elderly Woman From Drowning At Marine Drive

  • Food For Thought

degree is just a piece of paper real education

Vidyut Jammwal Reveals He Joined A French Circus To Deal With Losses From ‘Crakk’ Failure

  • Entertainment

degree is just a piece of paper real education

X User Asks People What The Little Jeans Pocket Is For, They Respond With Hilarious Jokes

“your degree is just a piece of paper,” says ias officer, sparks debate on education.

degree is just a piece of paper real education

  • Facebook Messenger

With almost all of us trying to succeed in this race of life, some of us spend a lot of time and money on receiving the best college education in order to gain a degree. Others feel that they need to start working and gaining real-world experience out of it sooner.

men and women wearing black and white graduation dress and mortar cap inside building

An IAS officer shelled out his thinking about how your struggles and experiences take precedence over your degree in terms of education. Here’s the tweet:

Your degree is just a piece of paper. Your education is seen in your behaviour, along with your struggles and experiences. — Jitin Yadav, IAS (@Jitin_IAS) June 29, 2021

The tweet sparked a debate among desis online. Some people reasoned why they agree with the notion suggested:

Indian education is just a test of memory. Student scored 90% not necessarily well behave. Student scored 35% not necessarily misbehave. — Pawankumar N Surwase (@IamPawankumarS) June 29, 2021
Real education starts when one enters the professional life. With each day unfolds a new learning experience. — Shrabani Banerjee (@bani23b) June 29, 2021
True sir even clearing UPSC didn’t qualify you as a awesome citizen, humanity in you defines it — Yadu Saxena (@SaxenaYadu) June 30, 2021
And this can be said in the context of India because our education system is completely different from that which is necessary for us to survive in real life. — Jitesh Mahawar (@jiteshtiger) June 29, 2021
Completely true. The degree is just a piece of paper in India. You can purchase degree of mbbs, b. Tech, mba, phd , llb or any degree if you have money. You get https://t.co/XRa0vfraYN , mbbs and do irrelevant job. So, degree is just showpiece. — Manish Ranjan (@manish_r_patna) June 30, 2021
It is more important to have kind behaviour towards all than having a good degree. — AMAN VASHISTHA (@AmanVas21863227) June 30, 2021
Two relevant quotes I can remember 1- educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all 2 – education that does not mould the character is useless — Lakhansingh Rathore (@LakhanDRathore) June 29, 2021
I would really appreciate if beaurocrats understand same — Manoranjan jha (@Manoranjanjha4) June 29, 2021

Others were skeptical of the advice:

By this logic , we really don’t need degrees for being doctor your so called gyan and experience will serve the purpose … imagine to get treated by them And I guess this post itself speaks many things 🙂 — Maharshi Garg (@MgMaharshi) June 30, 2021
No..that’s not true..my piece of paper mentions 59.49% bcz of this .51% I am not eligible to apply for NIPER, ICT and any foreign university. — Rj Saharan (@SaharanRj) June 29, 2021
That’s after they have seen your degree. Let’s be honest, none of the fortune companies recruit based on the latter. Ofcource, longevity is based on the latter one. — Rajdeep Gajjar (@Imrajdeepgajjar) June 29, 2021
But Sir, Degree is counted as Qualification in all servicing jobs. Nobody know us personally at interview, they only look at Degrees and work experience. Degree is not just a piece of paper. It’s very important document for getting good job. — Bhavya Sharma 🇮🇳 (@bhavyasharma) June 29, 2021
I totally agree to your second part!! But brother, degree isn’t just a piece of paper. It includes hardwork, patience, struggle and many more!! Be realistic!!! Don’t just go with the Instagram quotes and all of that!! Stay safe and take care. — Pranami Hazarika (@PranamiHazarik7) June 29, 2021
These quotes are far from realities.. Though it appears nice but it doesn’t encourage one to work hard and study well. विद्या धन उद्यम बिना कहो जु पावे कौन । — Shivam Srivastava (@ShivamS75653261) June 30, 2021
But sir due to degree u r here & most of ppl listening to u…it’s hard truth but real truth — CHANKI NAVODAYAN🇮🇳 (@chandanchanki02) June 29, 2021
More practical answer would be – ” Aspiring for degree is not important But aspiring for mental skill is more important as the degree would follow thereafter !!” — Subhash Agarwal (@Subhagar76) June 30, 2021

What’s your take on the debate? Tell us.

Cover Image Source- left

degree is just a piece of paper real education

  • Freelancers

Logo

Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States of America once said, “Nothing can stop the man with the right character from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong character”. Your degree is just a piece of paper, your education is seen in your behavior, attitude and character. One thing graduates need to understand is that your employer is employing you and not your certificate! No matter how educated, talented, connected or rich you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all.

Elon Musk said, “My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone’s talent and not someone’s personality (character). I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.” Most times people don’t really buy what you have but who you are! Can you be trusted? Do people see you as being honest? Can people hold on to your words and promises? Do you show up on time for meetings? Do you have a signature of excellence on what you do? How do you handle provocations? How do your handle people with different point of views from yours? It is actually a waste of education when you refuse to see things from other people’s point of view.

degree is just a piece of paper real education

You will never rise above the limitations of your character. I have come to a diagnostic conclusion that the greatest of all human problems is the character problem. There is no amount of skills and degrees that can substitute for character. Sometimes, you need character, not just the acquisition of degrees. There is more hope in life for a poor man with the right character than a rich man with the wrong character. Socrates said, “What most counts is not merely to live, but to live right”. Beware of the impression you create with your character.

You will need to do a character audit to know the pattern of behavior and the character defects holding you down from living your best life. What is your biggest character flaw and what are the steps you want to take to overcome it? Discuss this with your mentor and work seriously to build up the character that is in tandem with your destination. Take conscious effort to work on any character trait that is inimical to your destiny.

Hear this: Do not recommend unserious people to others just because you want to help them. It can ruin your name, reputation and relationships with great people. Recommend only those who are honest, diligent, trustworthy and good at what they do, not because you know them.

' src=

Worries of Young Graduates.

Leave a reply cancel reply.

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

spot_img

Most Popular

What are employable skills.

spot_img

Recent Comments

Editor picks, popular posts, popular category.

  • Educators 21
  • Employers 11
  • Interviews 10
  • Opinions 10

Logo

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails

Sign up to our free breaking news emails, thanks for signing up to the breaking news email.

To what extent can your degree prepare you for life beyond university? It depends what you mean by “degree”. The piece of paper alone won’t do it, according to Gareth Hughes, psychotherapist and researcher at the University of Derby. “But the experience of being a student, developing the ability to think extensively and solve problems, meeting lots of different people and challenging yourself, that can really help prepare you for the next stage – whatever you want that to be.”

To set yourself up for graduate life, while you're a student, Hughes advocates striking a balance between your course and the many other things on offer. “If you only focus on grades, there’s a strong possibility that you won’t be as prepared for the world outside afterwards,” he says. “If you focus on learning as much as you can, and engage with all the opportunities presented by the university, you'll be in a much better position to thrive after you graduate.”

Those opportunities come in a range of forms and can give you experiences that will help you develop as an individual as well as enter the job market, suggests Kate Colechin, pre HE careers consultant at UWE Bristol. Again, it's not just about the piece of paper. “It's important to recognise the weight that employers place on having particular skills such as resilience, problem solving, initiative and team working,” says Colechin. “You must use every opportunity to develop these skills.” The good news is that many of the activities on offer at university – sports, clubs and societies, work experience, meeting new people – can and do develop your skills, often in the background, while forming a vital part of your general student life.

Indeed, Tom Parratt found that walking the line between study and socialising paid dividends on several fronts. He has just graduated from a television production degree at Bournemouth University and now works for a local media company. “Being a student taught me a great deal about searching and acting on opportunities, both in my studies and in my social life,” he says. “I learnt how to work well with others, make friendships and network well with professionals.”

Parratt is sure that being more confident and comfortable with himself as a result of his student experiences helped him land his graduate job. What's his advice to current students? “Find a balance between your studies and things you need to do away from that,” he says. “Give yourself time for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and try and make time in the week to do what you want to do.”

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Subscribe to Independent Premium to bookmark this article

Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Start your Independent Premium subscription today.

New to The Independent?

Or if you would prefer:

Want an ad-free experience?

Hi {{indy.fullName}}

  • My Independent Premium
  • Account details
  • Help centre
  • Follow us on :

Latest News by Times now News

  • Personal Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Leaders of Tomorrow
  • India Upfront
  • Financial Reports
  • Urban Debate
  • Car Reviews
  • Bike Reviews
  • Bike Comparisons
  • Car Comparisons
  • LATEST NEWS
  • Weight Loss
  • Men's Fashion
  • Women's Fashion
  • Baking Recipes
  • Breakfast Recipes
  • Foodie Facts
  • Healthy Recipes
  • Seasonal Recipes
  • Starters & Snacks
  • Cars First Look
  • Bikes First Look
  • Bollywood Fashion & Fitness
  • Movie Reviews
  • Planning & Investing
  • Inspiration Inc
  • Cricket News
  • Comparisons
  • Trending news

'Your degree is just a piece of paper': IAS officer's viral tweet sparks debate on education

Saumya Agrawal

IAS officer Jitin Yadav took to Twitter to express his opinion that "your degree is just a piece of paper". His tweet has sparked a debate on education.

Jitin Yadav IAS

Key Highlights

  • IAS officer Jitin Yadav tweeted, "Your degree is just a piece of paper"
  • He added that education is in a person's behaviour, struggles and experience
  • His tweet has sparked a debate on the microblogging platform

While many students run the rat race of life, others believe that real-life experiences are more important to succeed in life. An IAS officer's tweet has started the debate on the importance of education after he said that degrees are "just a piece of paper".

IAS officer Jitin Yadav, in a tweet, said that education is in a person's behaviour, struggles and experiences.

"Your degree is just a piece of paper. Your education is seen in your behaviour, along with your struggles and experiences," Yadav tweeted.

Take a look at Yadav's tweet:

Jitin Yadav IAS

Yadav's tweet has gone viral, garnering more than 5,7000 likes. It has sparked a debate over education, as some netizens agreeed with his views, while others shared their contradicting opinions.

One user said, "Indian education is just a test of memory. Student scored 90% not necessarily well behave. Student scored 35% not necessarily misbehave." Another wrote, "Real education starts when one enters the professional life. With each day unfolds a new learning experience."

A third user said, "Yes, you are right but a toxic truth..you are not eligible if you don't have 60% marks in 12th. Yes i am http://B.tech Fresher." Another wrote, "But Sir, Degree is counted as Qualification in all servicing jobs. Nobody know us personally at interview, they only look at Degrees and work experience. Degree is not just a piece of paper. It’s very important document for getting good job."

What do you think about Yadav's tweet?

High grades don't matter, this IAS officer's mark sheet is proof

  • Latest buzz News

degree is just a piece of paper real education

degree is just a piece of paper real education

Is Your Degree Just a Piece of Paper? IAS Officer Sparks Twitter Debate Over Education

Curated By : Buzz Staff

Last Updated: July 01, 2021, 10:20 IST

Image Credits: Twitter/@Jitin_IAS; Shutterstock

Image Credits: Twitter/@Jitin_IAS; Shutterstock

IAS officer Jitin Yadav said in a tweet that our degree was just a paper and it was in our behaviour, struggles, and experiences, where real education was seen.

Since last year, the pandemic has forced us to be confined inside our homes, for the working class, it is work from home and for students, it is online classes. People who joined colleges and universities, are yet to step inside the institute premises and might not ever be able to do so. Amidst the struggles, an IAS officer sparked a Twitter debate on Tuesday when he expressed his views on the microblogging platform regarding education.

IAS officer Jitin Yadav said in a tweet that our degree was just a paper and it was in our behaviour, struggles and experiences, where real education was seen.

Your degree is just a piece of paper. Your education is seen in your behaviour, along with your struggles and experiences. — Jitin Yadav, IAS (@Jitin_IAS) June 29, 2021

Yadav’s opinion soon triggered a Twitter debate with some agreeing with him, while others had contradicting opinions.

Real education starts when one enters the professional life. With each day unfolds a new learning experience.— Shrabani Banerjee (@bani23b) June 29, 2021
Indian education is just a test of memory. Student scored 90% not necessarily well behave.Student scored 35% not necessarily misbehave.— Pawankumar N Surwase (@IamPawankumarS) June 29, 2021
True sir even clearing UPSC didn't qualify you as a awesome citizen, humanity in you defines it— Yadu Saxena (@SaxenaYadu) June 30, 2021
Completely true. The degree is just a piece of paper in India. You can purchase degree of mbbs, b. Tech, mba, phd , llb or any degree if you have money. You get https://t.co/XRa0vfraYN , mbbs and do irrelevant job. So, degree is just showpiece.— Manish Ranjan (@manish_r_patna) June 30, 2021
Two relevant quotes I can remember1- educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all2 – education that does not mould the character is useless— Lakhansingh Rathore (@LakhanDRathore) June 29, 2021
By this logic , we really don't need degrees for being doctor your so called gyan and experience will serve the purpose … imagine to get treated by themAnd I guess this post itself speaks many things 🙂— Maharshi Garg (@MgMaharshi) June 30, 2021
That's after they have seen your degree. Let's be honest, none of the fortune companies recruit based on the latter. Ofcource, longevity is based on the latter one. — Rajdeep Gajjar (@Imrajdeepgajjar) June 29, 2021
But Sir, Degree is counted as Qualification in all servicing jobs.Nobody know us personally at interview, they only look at Degrees and work experience. Degree is not just a piece of paper. It’s very important document for getting good job. — Bhavya Sharma 🇮🇳 (@bhavyasharma) June 29, 2021
More practical answer would be – " Aspiring for degree is not important But aspiring for mental skill is more important as the degree would follow thereafter !!"— Subhash Agarwal (@Subhagar76) June 30, 2021

As the debate continues, it can be assumed that most people are not happy with the Indian education system and want reforms.

Read all the Latest News , Breaking News and Coronavirus News here.

  • IAS Officer

Your degree is just a piece of paper, Your education is seen in your behaviour.

Your degree is just a piece of paper, Your education is seen in your behaviour. - Anonymous Quotes |  Education Quotes, Behaviour Quotes, Moral Quotes, Value Quotes, Action Quotes,

"Your degree is just a piece of paper, Your education is seen in your behaviour." - Quote Meaning

Millennials understand the importance of education for a career. Therefore, many people vying for the highest possible education through self-financing or scholarships. However, not all highly educated people have good character . This phenomenon is similar to "Your degree is just a piece of paper. Your education is seen in your behavior".

Your degree is just a piece of paper, Your education is seen in your behaviour. - Anonymous Quotes |  Education Quotes, Behaviour Quotes, Moral Quotes, Value Quotes, Action Quotes,

Quotes Meaning

What do you think about this quote, Comment here - Write quotes meaning

More quotes to explore

Don’t lie to me unless you’re absolutely sure that I will never find the truth.

Don’t lie to me unless you’re absolutely sure that I will never find the truth.

Never lie to the person you love. Its not worth it and they don’t deserve it.

Never lie to the person you love. Its not worth it and they don’t deserve it.

Never lie to someone who trusts you. Never trust someone who lies to you.

Never lie to someone who trusts you. Never trust someone who lies to you.

Home, where I can look ugly and enjoy it.

Home, where I can look ugly and enjoy it.

Let the colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness.

Let the colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness.

Stay original & Let the world copy you

Stay original & Let the world copy you

If you don’t want a sarcastic answer, don’t ask a stupid question

If you don’t want a sarcastic answer, don’t ask a stupid question

Monday? I swear it was Friday like five minutes ago.

Monday? I swear it was Friday like five minutes ago.

Yay, Monday!... Said no one… Ever

Yay, Monday!... Said no one… Ever

I can't believe I forgot to go to the gym today. That's like 7 years in a row now.

I can't believe I forgot to go to the gym today. That's like 7 years in a row now.

Did you just fall? No, I was checking if gravity still works.

Did you just fall? No, I was checking if gravity still works.

Your secrets are safe with me, I wasn't even listening.

Your secrets are safe with me, I wasn't even listening.

My husband and I are doing a workshop. He works and I'll shop.

My husband and I are doing a workshop. He works and I'll shop.

Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.

Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

If you can't love me at my worst, You don't deserve me at my best.

If you can't love me at my worst, You don't deserve me at my best.

Everything happens for a reason. Don't question it, trust it.

Everything happens for a reason. Don't question it, trust it.

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

No one ever injured their eyesight from looking on the bright side of things.

No one ever injured their eyesight from looking on the bright side of things.

I need you like a heart needs a beat.

I need you like a heart needs a beat.

Attitude is a little thing that can make a big difference.

Attitude is a little thing that can make a big difference.

- Anonymous

Is online grad school worth it? Hundreds of programs yield no income boost, new study says

Woman sits criss-cross next a couch while working on a laptop.

  • Students from hundreds of schools—both for- and non-profit experience no salary gain from their online graduate program.
  • Billions of dollars in federal student loans are funding “no ROI” programs.
  • More data transparency could help prospective students, university administrations and policymakers understand the education ecosystem.

Graduate student debt is out of control.

Among master’s degree holders, the average debt is $83,651—over double that of undergraduates. In total, 60% of all master’s degree holders have some form of student loan debt. These numbers are according to data compiled by the Education Data Initiative . 

The staggering rise in graduate student debt is what inspired a recent report studying the financial returns of online graduate education , published by ThirdWay , a self-described center-left think tank. 

The report analyzed more than 1,700 online graduate programs and determined that nearly half—837—did not provide any earnings boost for graduates beyond what they earned four years after a bachelor’s degree.

Chazz Robinson, the report’s author and education policy advisor at ThirdWay, says graduate students largely measure value from an economic boost and that too many programs are just leaving students with mounds of debt—and no salary boost to help pay it off.  

While ThirdWay chose not to release the specific degree names of the “no ROI” programs, Robinson explains to Fortune that even in public service fields like social work and nursing assisting, in which salaries may be lower, it doesn’t mean graduate school—especially online–should be expensive.

“Our issue is that if they’re super expensive grad degrees, we want policymakers and institutions alike to really be addressing how much these programs cost and the compensation for these programs, so students are not saddled with these insurmountable debts with degrees that aren’t necessarily paying off for them economically,” Robinson says.

Of the hundreds of schools with “no ROI” programs (many of which are for-profit), nine schools in particular were among the top offenders, including Strayer University , Walden University , and Grand Canyon University . Together, the nine institutions take in a reported $4.6 billion in taxpayer-funded student loans.

A call for transparency

The researchers took the median earnings of graduates with an online master’s degree four years after attending each program and compared it to national median earnings of bachelor’s degree. 

A lack of transparency from schools about the cost of their programs and the potential outcomes when it comes to jobs and salary can truly hurt students more than others, particularly low-income, minority students, Robinson explains.

“If I already came in with, say, a low income background in debt from undergrad, and then I’m expecting that a grad degree is going to help me be the generational income level to overcome the social stratification I’ve been dealing with, and then that doesn’t happen—that is detrimental,” he says.

More transparency, he says, would not only help policymakers analyze the education world and make changes but it also helps consumers better weigh the pros and cons of a particular institution or even career path.

University response

Fortune reached out to several of the universities mentioned in the report who were noted as having multiple “no ROI” online graduate programs. 

Strayer University said in a statement they were unable to comment on a report that they were not privy to its methodology, but added:

“It’s important to keep in mind that Strayer University is an open access institution that primarily serves working adult students who have historically been underserved by traditional higher education. Strayer is committed to helping all students achieve economic mobility and is proud of the successes we have achieved in providing high-quality education to working adults.”

GCU explained to Fortune that “ROI lists” like the one published by ThirdWay are not an adequate measure of student experience and the school makes tuition affordable and has low student loan default rates

“As is the case with the gainful employ m ent regulations , not all academic programs can be measured simply by first-year salary levels,” the GCU spokesperson says. “For example, many students choose degrees in theology, teaching, social work or counseling not because they are high-paying jobs but because it is a lifestyle choice. They deem the work more meaningful to their quality of life.”

“Ivy League schools and expensive private or public universities may not make this “ROI list” because they don’t have a significant number of online programs, but charging $50,000+ for a teaching degree or social work degree with low pay levels is the bigger issue that needs to be addressed,” the spokesperson adds.

The U.S. Department of Education classifies GCU as a “private, for-profit” institution, but the school told Fortune that the state of Arizona and the IRS recognizes it as non-profit.

In October 2021, the Federal Trade Commission put 70 for-profit colleges “on notice” that false promises about graduates’ job and earning prospects could result in significant financial penalties.

The takeaway

Before enrolling in graduate education, it is more important than ever to understand what you are signing up for. Know how much the cost of attendance will be, including tuition, fees, and required textbooks. If you have to sign a student loan, take the time to read the fine print on when you have to start making payments.

While some online graduation programs may not provide income boosts to students, hundreds more do provide career accelerations. For example, online MBAs generally lead students to a promising future in business.

It can also be a great idea to find a recent alumni of the program via LinkedIn or other means and see if they would be willing to discuss their experience during and after schooling. Were they able to land a job after graduating? In what field? What’s their salary like? Was the degree worth it?

Above all, keep an eye out for red flags and know you can carve your own path. There are thankfully hundreds of different opportunities when it comes to online graduate education—at both for- and non-profit schools. If a program is not overly transparent with tuition or career pathways, then maybe check out somewhere new; make sure your educational journey is worth your time and money—and will lead you to where you want to go.

Note: Fortune Education does not invite for-profit institutions to participate in its graduate program rankings .

Harvard Business Analytics Program logo

Harvard Business Analytics Program

Mba rankings.

  • Best Online MBA Programs for 2024
  • Best Online Master’s in Accounting Programs for 2024
  • Best MBA Programs for 2024
  • Best Executive MBA Programs for 2024
  • Best Part-Time MBA Programs for 2024
  • 25 Most Affordable Online MBAs for 2024
  • Best Online Master’s in Business Analytics Programs for 2024

Information technology & data rankings

  • Best Online Master’s in Data Science Programs for 2024
  • Most Affordable Master’s in Data Science for 2024
  • Best Master’s in Cybersecurity Degrees for 2024
  • Best Online Master’s in Cybersecurity Degrees for 2024
  • Best Online Master’s in Computer Science Degrees for 2024
  • Best Master’s in Data Science Programs for 2024
  • Most Affordable Online Master’s in Data Science Programs for 2024
  • Most Affordable Online Master’s in Cybersecurity Degrees for 2024

Health rankings

  • Best Online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs for 2024
  • Accredited Online Master’s of Social Work (MSW) Programs for 2024
  • Best Online Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Programs for 2024
  • Best Online Master’s in Public Health (MPH) Programs for 2024
  • Most Affordable Online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs for 2024
  • Best Online Master’s in Psychology Programs for 2024

Leadership rankings

  • Best Online Doctorate in Education (EdD) Programs for 2024
  • Most Affordable Online Doctorate in Education (EdD) Programs for 2024
  • Coding Bootcamps in New York for 2024
  • Best Data Science and Analytics Bootcamps for 2024
  • Best Cybersecurity Bootcamps for 2024
  • Best UX/UI bootcamps for 2024

Boarding schools

  • World’s Leading Boarding Schools for 2024
  • Top Boarding School Advisors for 2024

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business school logo

UNC Kenan-Flagler’s top-ranked online MBA

degree is just a piece of paper real education

STORYMIRROR

degree is just a piece of paper real education

“ Degree is just a piece of paper..Real education is seen in behaviour. The marks on an answer sheet cannot decide your career..Your career is seen in your skills and knowledge.. ”

By binay chol.

degree is just a piece of paper real education

More english quote from Binay Chol

degree is just a piece of paper real education

Get the Reddit app

A subreddit for the Philippines and all things Filipino!

Degree is just a piece of paper. Education is seen in tax evasion and 7 counts of graft.

IMAGES

  1. Your degree is just a piece of paper, Your education is seen in your

    degree is just a piece of paper real education

  2. YOUR DEGREE IS JUST A PIECE OF PAPER WHEN YOUR EDUCATION CAN SEEN IN

    degree is just a piece of paper real education

  3. Your degree is just a piece of paper, Your education is seen in your

    degree is just a piece of paper real education

  4. Your degree is just a piece of paper, your education is seen in your

    degree is just a piece of paper real education

  5. Image may contain: text that says 'Your degree is just a piece of paper

    degree is just a piece of paper real education

  6. Education Is Just A Piece Of Paper Quotes

    degree is just a piece of paper real education

VIDEO

  1. IS A DEGREE JUST A PIECE OF PAPER?

  2. What is the real value of a college degree? And how to make a career without one

  3. Your degree is just a piece of paper|girl attitude 😎 |invenced girl

  4. "Your degree is just a piece of paper, your real education is seen in your behaviour."💥 #viralshorts

  5. your degree is just a piece of paper ,your education is seen in your behaviour 🥰🥰

  6. Education. Your degree is just a piece of paper. Your real education is seen in your behaviour

COMMENTS

  1. Explainer: what is credentialism and is a degree more than just a piece

    Higher education. Labour market. the future of higher education. Graduate jobs. Grade inflation. Gaining that required qualification to put on your CV is what counts to win a job in today's ...

  2. Is a degree just a piece of paper is it true or not? #degree

    📲Subscribe and listen Digi-Gup podcast Here: YT: https://www.youtube.com/@Digi-gup🌐 Connect with us on Social Media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/d...

  3. Why do people say "a degree is just a piece of paper" when ...

    A degree isn't "just a piece of paper." In a severely literal sense, the degree itself is just a piece of paper but that piece of paper shows potential employers that you can show up, focus and prioritize. It shows that you can commit to something and follow through.

  4. People say that their degree is just a worthless piece of paper that

    GET THE DEGREE. I have been out of college for 21 years. In that time, my income potential (and actuality) and opportunity for professional mobility has been far greater than my friends and colleagues without degrees. The same is true for my wife. We have both seen MANY friends and coworkers limited by the fact that they lack degrees.

  5. Your degrees are just a piece of paper. Your education is seen ...

    Education is demonstrated through our behaviour and how we use our knowledge and skills in the real world. In the end, it is not the piece of paper that matters, but the character, integrity, and ...

  6. The attitude that a degree is a "useless piece of paper ...

    Now when people go into degrees like Education, Nursing, STEM, accounting, etc, those are NOT the degrees people are talking about. Everything has become too specialized in what you need for a job, a general Arts Degree is basically useless. Congrats. You are now working retail with a really expensive piece of paper.

  7. Is your college degree just a piece of paper?

    He encourages us to go to college, in fact he went to UCLA and Stanford. Instead of preaching how important it is to get a 4.0 he shares with us how to pave our own path and introduces us to ...

  8. "Your Degree Is Just A Piece Of Paper," Says IAS ...

    Your degree is just a piece of paper. Your education is seen in your behaviour, along with your struggles and experiences. — Jitin Yadav, IAS (@Jitin_IAS) June 29, 2021

  9. Your degree is just a piece paper, your education is seen in your

    April 4, 2022. 0. 910. Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States of America once said, "Nothing can stop the man with the right character from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong character". Your degree is just a piece of paper, your education is seen in your behavior, attitude and character.

  10. A degree isn't just a piece of paper, it's an opportunity to develop

    Again, it's not just about the piece of paper. "It's important to recognise the weight that employers place on having particular skills such as resilience, problem solving, initiative and team ...

  11. 'Your degree is just a piece of paper': IAS officer's viral tweet

    While many students run the rat race of life, others believe that real-life experiences are more important to succeed in life. An IAS officer's tweet has started the debate on the importance of education after he said that degrees are "just a piece of paper".

  12. Is Your Degree Just a Piece of Paper? IAS Officer Sparks ...

    IAS officer Jitin Yadav said in a tweet that our degree was just a paper and it was in our behaviour, struggles and experiences, where real education was seen. Your degree is just a piece of paper. Your education is seen in your behaviour, along with your struggles and experiences.

  13. Your degree is just a piece of paper, Your education is seen in your

    Your degree is just a piece of paper, Your education is seen in your behaviour. "Your degree is just a piece of paper, Your education is seen in your behaviour." - Quote Meaning. Millennials understand the importance of education for a career. Therefore, many people vying for the highest possible education through self-financing or scholarships.

  14. Is a degree really just a piece of paper, or is it something ...

    The Real Housewives of Dallas; My 600-lb Life; Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; Celebrity. ... Is a degree really just a piece of paper, or is it something that tells something about someone's work ethic, motivation, intelligence, etc.? ... And I've known people that have no post secondary education that have created multi million dollar ...

  15. Is online grad school worth it? Hundreds of programs yield no income

    Graduate student debt is out of control. Among master's degree holders, the average debt is $83,651—over double that of undergraduates. In total, 60% of all master's degree holders have some ...

  16. "degree is just a piece of paper, real education is seen in behaviour

    Deepak . 1080. yes our real education shows in behavior and with our good behavior we look educated but in this era we can't get job or Mooney with our behavior.we have to take good decisions and do work hard to achieve our goals. I think our knowledge and skills are more important than degree because if we get job and if we don't have talent ...

  17. SOLVED: Degree is just a piece of paper real education is ...

    We're asked what is 1/60 of a degree, and they have a few terms for that, but I'm just going to draw that. ... Degree is just a piece of paper real education is seen in behaviour. Instant Video Answer. Instant Text Answer. Step 1/2 ...

  18. Degree is just a piece of ...

    Binay Chol Says, 'Degree is just a piece of paper..Real education is seen in behaviour. The marks on an answer sheet cannot decide your career..Your career is seen in your skills and knowledge..'. Unlock solutions to your love life challenges, from choosing the right partner to navigating deception and loneliness, with the book "Lust Love ...

  19. College degree, is it more than just a piece of paper?

    Animals and Pets Anime Art Cars and Motor Vehicles Crafts and DIY Culture, Race, and Ethnicity Ethics and Philosophy Fashion Food and Drink History Hobbies Law Learning and Education Military Movies Music Place Podcasts and Streamers Politics Programming Reading, Writing, and Literature Religion and Spirituality Science Tabletop Games ...

  20. Fact checking the CNN presidential debate

    President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump faced off during CNN's presidential debate in Atlanta Thursday night.

  21. Degree is just a piece of paper, Real education is seen in behavior

    Watch Degree is just a piece of paper, Real education is seen in behavior. - Sharmae Mameng on Dailymotion ... Watch fullscreen. Degree is just a piece of paper, Real education is seen in behavior. Sharmae Mameng. Follow Like Favorite Share. Add to Playlist. Report. 9 months ago; Recommended. 1:10. I. Up next. Labour: COP26 deforestation pledge ...

  22. A college degree is basically an expensive piece of paper that ...

    A college degree is basically an expensive piece of paper that signifies you know how to follow directions. ... not unless you meet and talk with the right people, it sucks but thats just how the world works. Besides, knowledge is its own reward. ... An associates degree proves you aren't completely apathetic towards the idea of unemployment.

  23. Degree is just a piece of paper. Education is seen in tax ...

    Degree is just a piece of paper. Education is seen in tax evasion and 7 counts of graft. Archived post. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. ... Ganun talaga, Sabi nga ni Imelda "Perception Is real and the truth is not". Nyeta talaga, galing noh, Siya na Ang nagsabe. ...