ERIC Number: ED196344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
College Enrollment: The Impact of Perceived Economic Benefits.
Hossler, Donald R.
An attempt was made to determine if high school seniors based their decision to pursue a college education upon cost-benefit considerations. The sample of 409 male and 319 female seniors attended 12 high schools in the greater Los Angeles area. A questionnaire asked the students to: indicate their plans after high school; report the importance of a specific educational program for entrance into their chosen vocation; rate the importance of future earnings in their decision to attend college; and indicate their perception of the income differentials between high school and college graduates. The results indicate a positive correlation between the perceived economic benefits of higher education and the decision to enroll in a college or university. The findings verify that students' perceptions of the economic benefits of higher education are positively correlated with college attendance plans, but they also demonstrate that economic considerations alone cannot account for college enrollment patterns. It is suggested that unless agreement can be reached among economists on appropriate methods to weigh the nonpecuniary and consumptive benefits of higher education, it will continue to be difficult to determine the role these factors play in the enrollment decision. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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