The state of higher education in the U.S. is, frankly, quite poor. The job placement rate is lower than the past, and it seems to me that the general perception of college, college degrees, and the reasons to go to college aren't where they should be. From a students perspective, professors give massive amounts of homework, with some classes repeating the same material, which results in students having a lot of work they already know or a lot of work that doesn't really help them learn - this leads to lack of time, and often, demotivation and dissatisfaction with their schooling (they're "learning" inefficiently instead of actually learning something valuable and applicable). As graduates, sure, students have a degree to get jobs, but the job market is so saturated; it seems to me that part of the problem is that the structure of higher education (the learning environment, method of teaching, lack of out-of-the-box thinking, and societal perception) results in both students and professors having the opinion that the purpose of college/university is to get a degree to get a job. While this is a purpose, I firmly believe the primary purpose and focus should be to learn and develop a skillset. I'd love to hear some thoughts on these problems and their causes.