ERIC Number: EJ704910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul-1
Women Reap More Benefits from Higher Education, Study Finds
Black Issues in Higher Education, v21 n10 p9 Jul 2004
Higher education offers a variety of benefits, both economic and non-economic, and women seem to reap much bigger economic benefits from earning an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree than their male counterparts, according to a new study. The study's author said this revelation could shed some light on why the numbers of women in college are swelling--women, she said, perceive a larger payoff to pursuing postsecondary education than men do. The study, "The Benefits of Higher Education: Sex, Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Group Differences," was conducted by Dr. Laura Perna, associate professor of education policy and leadership at the University of Maryland. Perna drew on data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Educational Longitudinal Study that followed more than 9,000 students who graduated in 1992 and were interviewed from time to time until 2000. The study found that more women earned degrees than men: 41 percent of women had earned a bachelor's degree by 2000, compared to 33 percent of men; meanwhile, only 12 percent of women didn't pursue any type of postsecondary education, compared to 17 percent of men who didn't. The study reported marked differences in income between women who earn an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree versus those who didn't. This document briefly analyzes the study.
Descriptors: Womens Education, Higher Education, Gender Issues, Enrollment Trends, Females, Racial Differences, Outcomes of Education, Socioeconomic Influences
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland