The survey Mr. Barr references (http://www.heri.ucla.edu/pr-display.php?prQry=111) concludes: "...students are increasingly placing a premium on the job-related benefits of going to college. The portion of incoming freshmen that cited 'to be able to get a better job' as a very important reason for attending college reached an all-time high of 87.9 percent in 2012, an increase from 85.9 percent in 2011 and considerably higher than the low of 67.8 percent in 1976.... [G]etting a better job [is] the most prevalent reason to go to college."
How does that indicate, as Mr. Barr argues, students are pursuing "their passion in college ... regardless of the marketable value of the skills they gain...."?
It doesn't. It indicates the opposite.