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ERIC Number: ED568866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
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Issues 2016: Only One-Third of College Enrollees End up in Jobs Requiring College Degrees. Reality Check
Cooper, Preston
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Since 2000, in-state tuition at U.S. public four-year universities has risen 50 percent in real terms, while total outstanding student loans have doubled in the past ten years, to surpass $1.3 trillion. These figures have prompted calls for greater federal funding and even a guarantee of "free" college. Key findings include: (1) Only 52 percent of U.S. students who enroll in college graduate within six years; (2) Nearly half--44 percent--of recent college graduates from four-year institutions are underemployed; and (3) Only 33 percent of enrollees in four-year colleges emerge with a degree and a relevant job.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Institute for Policy Research