In today’s Pope Center piece, Jenna Ashley Robinson writes about the new strategic plan for the UNC system. She thinks that it’s better than the last plan, but is nevertheless flawed. Especially bad is the absurd goal of having 32 percent of NC workers holding college degrees. That makes no sense at all. Individuals will make the optimal decisions for themselves with regard to the duration and type of education that’s best. There is no more an ideal percentage to have college degrees than there is an ideal percentage who own exercise equipment. The idea that the state will somehow suffer if a lower percentage than the target should choose to get college degrees (which are increasingly dubious in their educational content) is silly.