ERIC Number: ED420256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reaping the Benefits: Defining the Public and Private Value of Going to College. The New Millennium Project on Higher Education Costs, Pricing, and Productivity.
Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.
This report examines the individual and societal benefits of attending college, providing a broad overview of the range of benefits that accrue from college education. It includes a brief historical discussion of the benefits of higher education and the role of state and federal governments in encouraging college attendance. The report then reviews: (1) public economic benefits, including increased tax revenues, greater productivity, increased consumption, increased workforce flexibility, and decreased reliance on government financial support; (2) private economic benefits, including higher salaries and benefits, high employment levels, higher savings levels, improved working conditions, and personal/professional mobility; (3) public social benefits, including reduced crime rates, increased charitable giving, increased quality of civic life, social cohesion, and improved ability to adapt and use technology; and (4) private social benefits, including improved health/life expectancy, improved quality of life for offspring, better consumer decision making, increased personal status, and more hobbies and leisure activities. The report concludes that diminishing support for higher education's diverse benefits would have a negative consequence on the nation's ability to prosper and succeed. (Contains 47 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: College Attendance, Economic Impact, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Policy, Federal Government, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Public Policy, Socioeconomic Influences, State Government
The Institute for Higher Education Policy, 1320 19th St., N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036; phone: 202-861-8223; fax: 202-861-9307; www:ihep.com
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Education Resources Inst., Boston, MA.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.