Mitchell Pearlstein (Ph.D ’80)

Mitchell Pearlstein (Ph.D ’80),  delivered his talk, “Great Jobs Without A Four-Year Degree- What it Means for Students, Parents, and Employers”. This discussion was to address the mistake that many students make when choosing to pursue a degree. He stated that many students make the mistake in believing that a four-year degree will be their only way to good jobs and a solid middle class career. In his talk he discusses how when students drop out of school it results in unemployment or underemployment along with a lot of debt. He states how this problem is bad for the person, but also for society.

Over the years, Pearlstein has been involved in Education Administration both locally and nationally.  He was founder and senior fellow at the Center of American Experiment. In the 1990s, he served for two years in the U.S. Department of Education. He spent  four years writing about foreign and national affairs as an editorial writer and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  He is also the author of “Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America’s Future”, “From Family Collapse to America’s Decline: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation”, and “Riding into the Sunrise: Al Quie and a Life of Faith, Service, and Civility”.

Pearlstein earned his doctorate in educational administration with an emphasis on higher education policy from the University of Minnesota. He was named one of the 100 of CEHD’s 2006 Distinguished Alumni.