ERIC Number: ED062616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Public Noneconomic Benefits of Higher Education. Working Draft.
The purpose of this memorandum is to outline and briefly discuss a variety of public non-economic effects of higher education--i.e., social benefits and costs that do not involve specifically economic concerns. Appendix A briefly summarizes the data on private non-economic benefits, or the social consequences to the individual of attending college (from which various consequences to the public can, in part, be suggested). Appendix B discusses eight additional areas of possible benefit or disbenefit that are not included in the main body of the memorandum because of ambiguity as to their extent, permanence, and/or value. Appendix C raises four fundamental questions bearing on the question of the social costs and benefits of higher education. The benefits discussed in this memorandum are as follows: (1) Benefits from Liberal Education--citizenship, parenthood, and volunteer services; (2) Benefits from All Higher Education--symbolic benefits, removal from the labor force, and other educational services. Disbenefits from "Credentialism" discussed are: Artificial demand for education; artificial restraints to learning; and artificial social classes. Higher education as a vehicle for attaining equity in our society is seen as having both benefits and disbenefits, with the middle class benefitting most. (Author/DB)
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ. Research Corp., NY. Educational Policy Research Center.