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Ohio senior U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown will host 40 Ohio college presidents Tuesday in Washington at an education conference focused on strengthening higher education.

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The gathering of academics in Washington comes amid reports that show most jobs now and into the future don't require more than a high school education, and the more educated our populace becomes the more wages will struggle to increase for those who land them.

The higher education watering-hole event, to be held at the United States Capitol Visitors Center, is the seventh annual Ohio College President’s Conference in Washington D.C. hosted by Sen. Brown, who won his first term in 2006 and was reelected in 2012. The summit meeting will bring attending college presidents to the nation's capital to meet with Members of Congress, Administration officials, and education policy experts to address strengthening our state’s higher education system and promoting access and affordability for all students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who in 2012 was named one of TIME Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in the World."

Other featured speakers include Rohit Copra, the Student Loans Ombudsman for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, run by Richard Cordray from Ohio, and Jamie Studley, the Acting Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education.

List of Ohio college presidents attending this year’s conference is at the end.

In related news, the story many of those attending Sen. Brown's summit tomorrow may not want to hear is the relationship between education, jobs, and income in these United States these days isn't what it's cracked up to be.

Performed every two years by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the "projection of job growth in the next decade" study shows that a large majority of jobs now and in the future require no education beyond high school. The carefully compiled BLS data is ignored, according to a post at Working-Class Perspectives [WCP], "leaving the field clear for everybody from the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal to President Obama to proclaim that 'education is the answer' to economic inequality, poverty, and low wages.

According to the BLS, in 2012 only 22 percent of all jobs required a bachelor’s degree or more, and of the more than 50 million job openings the BLS projects by 2022, only 22% will require a bachelor’s or more, Jack Metzgar wrote at WCP. He adds, "if all you have is a bachelor’s degree, there are only 17 percent of jobs now and 17 percent of job openings projected by 2022 that require that degree and no more. The problem, he says, is that about 32 percent of the population over the age of 25 has a bachelor’s, and among young people ages 25 to 34, it is a bit higher at 34 percent. Metzgar concludes that there "are only two jobs for every three persons who have a bachelor’s degree, and the number of people getting bachelor’s degrees is growing faster than the number of jobs that require that degree – or anything close to it."

In 2012, 26 percent of jobs in 2012 did not even require a high school diploma, and another 40 percent required only a high school diploma. BLS statistics project that by 2022, the situation worsens with nearly a third of all job openings not requiring more than high school. The sad and inconvenient truth is that America's population is overeducated for the available jobs now and into the future.

There is an oversupply of jobs that require high school or less (66%) compared to the 42 percent of people whose education fits those jobs, WCP reported. On the other end of the spectrum, America has an oversupply of people with some postsecondary education (58%) for the 33 percent of jobs that require that level of education.

The Pew Research Center released a study that looks at how income correlates with earnings. The report, "The Rising Cost of NOT Going to College," showed what is already known: high school graduates make $7,000 more a year than those who do not graduate, those with “some college” make an additional $2,000, and those who get bachelor’s degrees make an additional $13,000.

More education leads to more earnings, PRC says, adding that unemployment rates and poverty rates, among other indices, also trend toward being better educated. The dark side of this education gradient means that while "there are and will be plenty of jobs for people who do not graduate from high school and for those whose education ends with a high school diploma, these jobs generally pay miserable wages – almost uniformly less than $30,000 a year, and most much less."

The dilemma now and in the future is that if all or most 18-year-olds go to college, the conditions of economic inequality, low wages, and poverty are not solved. If anything, things could become worse.

How does that work?

The increasing imbalance of supply and demand—more college graduates than jobs that require them—puts downward pressure on the wages of jobs that require higher education and ensures that more college graduates will be forced to take jobs that do not require college, WCP wrote based on a fuller understanding of both the BLS and PRC reports.

Pew found that more than one-third of the recent college graduates it surveyed were currently working in jobs that do not require any college. Likewise, as more college graduates take jobs that require only high school, more high school graduates are forced to take jobs that do not require a high school diploma, and those who did not graduate from high school have great difficulty finding and keeping any job.

"It’s a perfect formula for cheapening all labor," Metzgar wrote, adding, "More and more education is required to attain a decent standard of living, but as more and more people gain higher levels of education, they further flood those higher-paying job markets, leading to lower average wages and living standards for everybody."

In separate news on the education front in Ohio, Ed FitzGerald, the already nominated candidate by the Ohio Democratic Party to challenge incumbent Republican Gov. John Kasich, told an editorial board recently that the best way to help the state’s economy grow is to invest more in education. In an interview with the editorial board of the Cincinnati Enquirer, FitzGerald said the state should consider universal preschool, which he says would cost the state about $500 million a year.

"That’s a lot of money, but you’d have to say, ‘Compared with what?'", FitzGerald, a former FBI agent and Ohio mayor said, according to the Enquirer. "If you (don’t) spend $200 million on failing, for-profit, online charter schools, you’re almost halfway there."

1. Fred Finks, Ashland University
2. Mary Ellen Mazey, Bowling Green State University
3. Denvy Bowman, Capital University
4. Barbara Snyder, Case Western Reserve University
5. Bonnie Coe, Central Ohio Technical College
6. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, Central State University
7. Jo Alice Blondin, Clark State Community College
8. David Harrison, Columbus State Community College
9. Alex Johnson, Cuyahoga Community College
10. Mark C. Gordon, Defiance College
11. Laura Meeks, Eastern Gateway Community College
12. Cristobal Valdez, Edison Community College
13. Thomas Chema, Hiram College
14. Debra L. McCurdy, James A. Rhodes State College
15. Roy Church, Lorain County Community College
16. Joseph W. Bruno, Marietta College
17. Ann Schiele, Mount Carmel College of Nursing
18. Dorey Diab, North Central State College
19. Jay Gershen, Northeast Ohio Medical University
20. Mark A. Smith, Ohio Christian University
21. Peter Cimbolic, Ohio Dominican University
22. Roderick J. McDavis, Ohio Universtiy
23. Rock Jones, Ohio Wesleyan University
24. Joseph A. Alutto, The Ohio State University
25. Kathy A. Krendl, Otterbein University
26. Kevin Boys, Southern State Community College
27. Para Jones, Stark State College of Technology
28. Jerome Webster, Terra Community College
29. Grafton Nunes, The Cleveland Institute of Art
30. Katherine Fell, The University of Findlay
31. Roger Sublett, Union Institute & University
32. Santa J. Ono, University of Cincinnati
33. Barbara Gellman-Danley, University of Rio Grande
34. Lloyd Jacobs, University of Toledo
35. Bradley Ebersole, Washington State Community College
36. Jim Reynolds, Wilmington College
37. Grant H. Cornwell, College of Wooster
38. David Hopkins, Wright State University
39. Ikram Khawaja, Youngstown State University
40. Paul Brown, Zane State College

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