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ERIC Number: ED565339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Should Everyone Go to College? CCF Brief #50
Owen, Stephanie; Sawhill, Isabel
Center on Children and Families at Brookings
In this brief, the authors have corralled existing research to make the point that while on average the return to college is highly positive, there is a considerable spread in the value of going to college. A bachelor's degree is not a smart investment for every student in every circumstance. The authors have outlined three important steps policymakers can take to make sure every person does make a smart investment in their choice of postsecondary education: (1) More information must be provided in a comprehensible manner; (2) The federal government should lead the way on performance-based scholarships to incentivize college attendance and persistence; and (3) There should be more good alternatives to a traditional academic path, including career and technical education and apprenticeships.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Children and Families at Brookings