There is a big perception in the U.S. that a degree somehow makes you better able to do whatever it is you want to specialize in. Even those who get a degree in general studies there is some kind of perception that they earned a degree and therefore are smart.
Another myth that is highly perpetuated is that people who earn college degrees earn $1,000,000 more than those who don't. When a major tv show(can't remember if it was 20/20 or not), asked where did this assumption come from. The department heads said they don't know where those numbers came from.
Anybody here has a college degree because it is the vogue thing to do?