ERIC Number: ED472454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
What's at Stake: The Social and Economic Benefits of Higher Education. Research Report.
At one time, higher education was seen as a public good that brought value to society, but today it is perceived as a personal investment in which the public has limited interest. This essay makes the point that while many people tout the benefits of education in dollar terms, it is imperative that the more important benefits be recognized, the improvements in social opportunities, civic participation, and economic and educational potential for youth. Education should not be perceived only as a public good in the eyes of the welfare recipient, the recent immigrant, or the first-generation college student. Higher education should be regarded as a public good in the eyes of the community, the for-profit sector, and Congress. Investment in access to higher education is an investment in the potential of every American. (SLD)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Higher Education, Relevance (Education), Role of Education, Social Capital, Social Responsibility, Social Values
For full text: http://www.pathwaystocollege.net/Pub/pub_products_findings.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Note: Report from the National Dialogue on Student Financial Aid and the Pathways to College Network.