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ERIC Number: ED557627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Education Pays in Colorado: Earnings 1, 5, and 10 Years after College
Schneider, Mark
American Institutes for Research
Postsecondary education delivers many benefits to students who attend America's colleges and universities and to society in general. But when students are asked about what they want from college, the most frequent responses focus on labor market outcomes, especially good careers and high earnings. However, as more and more students borrow more and more money to fund their postsecondary education, they should explore all of their options, including shorter and less expensive pathways (e.g., subbaccalaureate credentials) to good jobs. This report and the accompanying website ( present data on the earnings of students who completed certificates and degrees from all public and many private colleges and universities across the state, as far out as 10 years after completing their studies. Among the most important findings of this report are: (1) many postsecondary credentials other than the bachelor's degree are becoming increasingly common, with a particularly rapid increase in the number of associate's degree granted over the last 5 years and (2) many subbaccalaureate credentials can lead to middle-class earnings--sometimes exceeding the earnings of graduates with bachelor's degrees. Appended to this report is: Technical Information.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research
Identifiers - Location: Colorado