There are many discussions these days about how a university education leads to better employment or better pay. This is mainly true because compared to those who do not receive university education, graduates have developed stronger creative capacities, a greater ability to implement ideas, stronger intercultural skills, an enhanced ability to successfully communicate more complex ideas, and a deeper understanding of social responsibility. Employers realize this; society realizes this.
Sure. And I wrote an article about The Da Vinci Code because my boss at the time had gone to dinner over the weekend with a group of Ph.D.'s, all of whom had read the book and all of whom thought it was historically accurate and insightful. I also used to edit doctoral dissertations. The were written by smart people, smart enough to know that they would get the degree they sought by descanting as it were on the notions they had received from their preceptors — and nothing more.