I think by your statement that you did miss the point of the poll. Since the poll is rightly biased to professionals who have earned their degree (with the option for those who did not), there is not a contradiction to your point. I would have to somewhat disagree with your university in as much as I feel that High School is your opportunity to "learn how to learn" and college is a place to give you the "building blocks to a career". College doesn't teach you how to do a job, then I worry greatly for the medical community. No, they can't teach you everything, but this is why people seek more advanced degrees, to continue their education. The problem with much of American education these days is that it continues to be dumbed down. With ever increasing class sizes, professors cannot teach but instead offer facts that can only be tested through multiple choice exams since they could not grade that number of essays. I would say that I had relatively few courses that required me to think about the subject matter while a majority were there to just regurgitate the information. How many students cram before an exam, just to pass the test? Do you think that this is learning how to teach yourself? What a good college/university should be doing is giving you the tools to become successful in your career. This is why I think that all the programs centered around design are failing their students. They do not offer them the tools to get out into the workforce. If the schools were training good technicians, it would be run more like a vocational program. Personally, I don't know of another success story from my state college's program (besides an actor/director) and the university I went to at one point would refuse to hire the technicians in the theater program to work in the professional roadhouse due to the lack of real world experience. There's a big difference between corporate theater and educational theater, but we use the same building blocks since physics and other sciences are the same.