There are so many information, university courses, podcasts, videos, articles available on internet (often for free) that you can learn any topic online.
Bill Gates was even saying lately that he would send his children to school only until they are 14-15 years old, then they can learn from the web.
I was thinking if there is still value in having earned a degree from a university? If I need to hire a developer, should I consider the fact that he/she is graduated or not?
A hint is coming from an article by the economist Tim Harford: a key concept in modern economics is the “signal”, an idea developed by the Nobel laureate Michael Spence.
A signal is an action that distinguishes one type of person from a would-be mimic because it would be too costly for the mimic to carry out.
Spence suggested that the decision to acquire a degree might be a signal. The degree may be of no practical value but employers may still value it because a degree will distinguish good applicants from bad: bright, energetic candidates are willing to go to the trouble of acquiring one while dim, lazy candidates are not.
Until here, the theory. On the other side, it could be a negative signal: candidates without a degree could be the ones better able to evaluate the balance between time + money and benefits.