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Action Project: What is a college degree worth?

The Daily Cardinal is excited to announce its second Action Project Issue, which will hit stands Monday, March 31. The Daily Cardinal Action Project is a series of three issues that are dedicated to investigating under-reported topics in an effort to inform the campus community and spark change.

In this issue, we hope to critically look at the academic environment for UW-Madison students leading up to graduation and how that affects their success after graduation.

As college students working toward graduation, many of us have a similar worry: Will we be able to succeed in the professional world outside the confines of the University of Wisconsin-Madison?

While in school, we take full course loads, join professional organizations and get involved in the community with the hope that what we do at UW-Madison will benefit us in the future. A college degree and professional experience should foster the skills to launch us to future internships, jobs and careers.

But is a college degree worth as much as it was in the past? Do professional organizations and real-world experiences look better to employers than coursework? What does it take to differentiate ourselves in the workforce?

Sometimes it can feel like a college degree is the minimum requirement to succeed at finding meaningful careers after graduation. How are you trying to differentiate yourself in the job market? What services inside and outside of the university are you using to do that?

This second installment of The Daily Cardinal Action Project series attempts to answer these questions. If you have feedback, advice or opinions on the current academic environment or stories as a recent graduate, we want to hear about it. Email to share your input.

Please send all feedback to or tweet @dailycardinal using the hashtag #dcactionproject. For more information, please email

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