ERIC Number: ED497953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
College Degrees Benefit States and Individuals Significantly. Fact Book Bulletin
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
In the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) region, state and local governments spend about 10 percent of their combined annual budgets on colleges and universities. Whether this is the right funding level during a time of growing enrollments, when states are working to boost education participation and close achievement gaps, is a question for state leaders to ponder. But anyway you look at it, state and local spending subsidizes the college educations of millions of students. It is fair to ask, "What do states get for the investment?" Recent data confirm five areas that benefit both states and individuals when residents hold a bachelor's degree compared with a high school diploma or GED certificate alone: (1) Personal income; (2) Employment; (3) Health; (4) Volunteering; and (5) Voting.
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, Educational Benefits, Education Work Relationship, Employment Potential, Educational Status Comparison, Well Being, Unemployment, Physical Health, Citizen Participation, Voting, Volunteers, Statistical Distributions, Income, College Outcomes Assessment
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.