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Will Not Having A College Degree Hurt Scott Walker?

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin only attended Marquette University for two years, failing to graduate. Will not having a college degree affect his chance at the White House?

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Will Not Having A College Degree Hurt Scott Walker?  

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last 24 hours | ijreview
Scott Walker Doesnt Possess a College Degree, But it Could Work in His Favor
"...If Walker wants to connect with average Americans, his lack of a college degree might actually have some appeal. Out of the 209.3 million people in the United States over 25 years old, 68% didn't graduate from a four-year university program.In fact, according to Bloomberg, another Presidential hopeful, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) never finished his undergraduate degree, either (of course Dr. Paul's medical exam scores took him straight into his graduate studies).There are lots of examples of influential people who lack a college degree, such as Bill Gates, Rush Limbaugh and Kanye West. In politics, 19 members of Congress don't have advanced formal education, and in the past, Americans elected 9 different presidents who lacked degrees...." see full article


911 days ago | prweek
Six reasons Scott Walker shouldn't be underestimated
"...Walker does not have a college degree, a rarity for a presidential candidate. (And he never said he did, which would have been a disqualifying fib for a candidate or any job applicant). Time will tell how much it matters. He'll probably argue that two of the men on Mount Rushmore didn't have degrees, either. Many believe the distinction will actually help him...." see full article


920 days ago | commentarymagazine
The Lefts Shaming of Scott Walker
"...There are, however, some examples of shaming that the left continues to find noble. It is no accident that the targets of their censure are exclusively conservative, the ultimate offense meriting a scolding. The latest target of the left's lofty discrimination is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. According to a prominent Hillary Clinton donor, Walker's failure to graduate college with a degree renders him intellectually incapable of occupying the Oval Office.At a time when millions of American families are struggling to send their children to four-year institutions, and with still more millions of Americans rediscovering the value of vocational education and blue-collar career paths, it is perhaps ill-advised to be insulting those who decline to attend college. That is doubly true for Scott Walker, who only failed to graduate with a degree because he left his university a few credits shy when he received a lucrative job offer in the middle of his senior year. And as for those liberals who would object to suggesting that the comments of one donor are indicative of the party's thinking on this issue, they would be advised to turn to Charles and David Koch for comment...." see full article


931 days ago | washingtonpost
What many have in common with Scott Walker: College credits, no degree

"...Much attention has been given in recent weeks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's decision to drop out of Marquette University in the spring of his senior year. The Republican presidential hopeful was just 34 credits short of earning a bachelor's degree in 1990. He never went back.Various media reports have analyzed how the lack of a college degree makes Walker unusual presidential material, at least in recent history, though the distinction makes him like most Americans, 70 percent of whom don't have a bachelor's degree...." see full article


1022 days ago | takingnote.blogs.nytimes
Scott Walker on Not Having a College Degree
"...On the other hand, defending Mr. Walker by saying college means absolutely nothing, as some have done, sounds out-of-it. Many employers expect or even require their employees to have graduated from college, and research suggests that the rate of return for a bachelor's degree hovers around 15 percent.But there's obviously a middle ground between college is worthless and Walker is worthless because he dropped out a few credits short. Something like: There's a reason elected officials at the national level tend to have at least a B.A., but there are plenty of other ways to prove basic competence...." see full article


1027 days ago | usnews
Schooling Scott Walker

"...Walker's lack of a college degree may indeed haunt him in a national political campaign (and not just because he's seeking to make deep budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin system). It's not just that he'd be the first president since Harry S. Truman to lack a college degree; it's that he left school with so little time left to finish. If college wasn't working out in his sophomore or junior years, and he found another avenue for success, then leaving might not have been such a big deal. But who departs college just a couple months shy of getting his or her degree? There's something to be said for abandoning a project or policy that isn't working out that's actually an appealing quality in a lawmaker. But failing to finish something could also indicate a lack of commitment or discipline.We need to take the stigma away from those who choose not to go to college, and we also need to emphasize community college for those who need more education, but not a four-year program. But it's also not unreasonable to expect that our political elite and there's nothing more elite than being president of the United States have a semi-elite level of formal education...." see full article


1028 days ago | weeklystandard
The Real Reason Scott Walker Didn't Graduate from College

"...One would think Walker's practical political education, including all of the policy experience he gained, would put to rest any concern that he lacked the credits for a B.A. in political science. Of course, whether Walker's lack of a college degree should matter and whether it will matter are two entirely different questions. It's certainly possible that some voters, particularly low-information voters, will have concerns that Walker isn't up to the job when they hear he's a "college dropout." If Walker is evasive on policy questions, the press may jump more quickly to the conclusion that Walker just doesn't know much about the issues. Walker isn't going to last very long if his main response to foreign policy questions is to point out that Ronald Reagan took on the air traffic controllers. But if Walker has thought deeply about the issues and articulates a clear agenda, it's doubtful that the lack of a college degree will significantly hurt him in the race for the presidency...." see full article


1032 days ago | chicagotribune
Can Scott Walker be president without a college degree?

"...There is one credential that he doesn't have: a post-high school education. America hasn't elected a president without a college degree since Harry Truman.Privately, some strategists in both parties suspect that this could increasingly become troublesome for voters, a little in the nominating process, more so in a general election, particularly in battleground upscale suburban areas. If this seems illogical -- it does -- try raising the issue at the next coffee klatch or cocktail party; you're likely to be surprised by the responses.Americans celebrate higher education. More than 40 percent of voters have a college degree; only three countries, Canada, Israel and Japan have a more educated electorate. College graduates, on average, make in excess of 50 percentmore in a lifetime in America than non-graduates...." see full article


1043 days ago | newsmax
Can Walker Be President Without a College Degree?
"...Privately, some strategists in both parties suspect that this could increasingly become troublesome for voters, a little in the nominating process, more so in a general election, particularly in battleground upscale suburban areas. If this seems illogical it does try raising the issue at the next coffee klatch or cocktail party; you're likely to be surprised by the responses.Americans celebrate higher education. More than 40 percent of voters have a college degree; only three countries, Canada, Israel and Japan have a more educated electorate. College graduates, on average, make in excess of 50 percent more in a lifetime in America than non-graduates.All members of the Senate have higher degrees, as do all but 19 members of the House: 15 Republicans and four Democrats. Utah's Gary Herbert and Walker are the only two governors...." see full article


1044 days ago | washingtonpost
Scott Walker has no college degree. Thats normal for an American, but not a president.

"...Many Americans would likely be quick to say that the decision they'll make on voting for a president isn't tied to whatever degrees that person holds. But in recent years, we've had the best-educated crop of presidents in our history -- the first time three presidents in a row have had post-graduate degrees.Walker is clearly no dummy, but he'd better hope his "master's in battling big government" line doesn't become something he needs to offer very often...." see full article



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