What is really needed. Is to outlaw unjust discrimination on basis of education.
You can thank some extraordinarily misguided 'civil rights' lawsuits for this problem. In the past, many employers depended on interviews or 'in house' tests to determine whether a candidate had the proper skills for the job. I can't call up the specific case (must be the ol' alzheimers kicking in) but the rather activist court agreed with the plaintiff that this was racist and businesses were forced to fall back on HS diplomas/college degrees as a questionably more objective measure. This has directly led to requirement inflation for jobs and the cheapening of the value of degrees (both HS and higher) because it was perceived as keeping people out of work to deny them that paperwork... even if they were completely illiterate.
What passes for a liberal arts college degree in the US, right now, is about the equivalent of a HS diploma 50-60 years ago. NOT in the amount or type of knowledge but the general ability to work at a desk more with figures/facts than physical objects. All because of a well-meaning but terrible court decision.