Marketplace, the public-radio business show, had an interesting take the other night on "credential creep," the tendency of jobs to require higher and higher educational attainment over time. Citing a study from Burning Glass Technologies, a labor market analytics firm, found that 65 percent of the job listings for executive secretaries required a B.A. degree, even though only 19 percent of people holding those positions have one. The trend is doing no favors for the 65 percent of Americans who don't have a four-year degree, but requiring a college diploma does make things quicker for human resources professionals—or the computer programs that do their initial sorting. Step one: Eliminate all the non-degreed people. And, of course, it doesn't hurt the corporate bottom line, since hiring a college grad these days is cheaper than ever. (Edward Ericson Jr.)
Joining at last the several other teams that have worn poems on their uniforms,* the University of Maryland's football Terrapins will feature the lyric of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on their duds as they face West Virginia on Saturday, the WaPo reports.
First verse only, though. (Edward Ericson Jr.)
*OK, we can’t actually find any. But: Ravens! That’s definitely poem-related.