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MacCormack, Penny; Reilly, Kevin P.; Brailow, David G. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2019
Graduating from a liberal arts college leads to meaningful economic mobility (Hill & Pisacreta, 2019). College graduates typically lead longer and healthier lives, are more engaged civically, and generate more economic output (Committee on Education and Labor Report, 2019). Despite these facts, there continues to be widespread doubt about the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Liberal Arts, College Graduates, Teacher Role
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Lobo, Bento J.; Burke-Smalley, Lisa A. – Education Economics, 2018
We generate selection-adjusted NPV and IRR estimates for a bachelor's degree in the U.S. which account for time-to-graduation, debt financing and tuition levels. We find that a college degree is generally worthwhile, but the private value of the investment is a declining function of time-to-graduation. Selection-adjustments show that for students…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Attainment, Bachelors Degrees, Tuition
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Rose, Stephen – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2013
Although parents, high school students, and most civic leaders in this country and around the world see a college degree as important, this perspective has been attacked over the last five years. Once the Great Recession began in December 2007, there were far fewer good jobs available for new college graduates. The soaring price of college had…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Degrees, Compensation (Remuneration), Citizen Participation
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DuRose, Lisa; Stebleton, Michael J. – Journal of College and Character, 2016
The authors contend that many undergraduate students lack the ability to deftly articulate the value of their college degree, including the competencies they acquire through classroom learning and extracurricular activities. Despite the positive impact of experiential education opportunities such as service learning and internships, there is a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Degree Requirements, Academic Degrees, Minimum Competencies
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Beaver, William – College and University, 2015
The fact that nearly one-half of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed has once again raised questions about the value of a college degree. This article will attempt to answer these questions by analyzing such issues as labor markets, student debt, human capital along with examining the less apparent aspects of degrees and…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Higher Education, Labor Market, Debt (Financial)
Jackson, Jacob; Johnson, Hans – Public Policy Institute of California, 2020
The value of a college degree is the highest it has been in decades. The typical full-time worker with a bachelor's degree earned $81,000 in 2017, while the typical worker with only a high school diploma earned $36,000. Educational attainĀ­ment is associated with lower unemployment and less strain on the social safety net, as well as higher tax…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Supply and Demand, Student Costs
Curtin, Joseph A. – Utah System of Higher Education, 2017
The impact of rising student debt, the cost of attending college and the value of the degree or certificate received at completion continues to be a critical focus for higher education leaders. Research has consistently demonstrated that financial related difficulties can create barriers for student college completion. To help understand this…
Descriptors: Financial Needs, Paying for College, Enrollment Trends, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid)
Menard, Lauren Ann – Online Submission, 2014
Dwindling American financial satisfaction and growing college degree attainment were revealed in national social survey data spanning more than four decades (N = 57,061). Against these backdrops, associations between being financially satisfied and having a college degree grew stronger in each decade, with the strongest association between…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Satisfaction, Academic Degrees, National Surveys
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Seaman, Jayson; Bell, Brent J.; Trauntvein, Nate – Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2017
In this article, we report on research undertaken in 2016 to assess a number of trends influencing the current status of degree-granting outdoor programs in the United States, including factors that bear on the value of degrees. We analyze data provided by the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and results of a survey comparing 59…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Trend Analysis, Higher Education, School Size
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Rine, P. Jesse – Christian Higher Education, 2019
In recent years, concerns regarding runaway college tuition and student loan debt have risen to the forefront of the public consciousness, undermining confidence in the value of a college degree. Ironically, the very issue that is now causing such alarm--high tuition--has been a signature feature of the financial model intentionally employed by…
Descriptors: Educational Principles, Christianity, Church Related Colleges, Student Financial Aid
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Salazar, Amy M. – Social Work, 2013
Higher education is associated with substantial adult life benefits, including higher income and improved quality of life, among others. The current study compared adult outcomes of 250 foster care alumni college graduates with two samples of general population graduates to explore the role higher education plays in these young adults' lives.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Graduates, Educational Attainment, Psychological Patterns
Hail, Toni M. – ProQuest LLC, 2019
Completing a college degree is major accomplishment under the best of circumstances. The economic and societal value of a college degree has the potential to produce residual benefits for one of the most vulnerable populations, foster care alumni. A specific group of foster care alumni, those who "age out" of foster care share the same…
Descriptors: Foster Care, Alumni, College Graduates, Student Attitudes
Lieberman, Devorah; Capaldi, Shannon – Metropolitan Universities, 2019
Volumes of research studies, surveys, and census data document the "brain drain," the phenomenon of highly educated and highly skilled workers migrating from their hometown to an urban or metropolitan area that promises a better life. Early indications of brain drain begin with high school graduates determining where to attend college.…
Descriptors: Brain Drain, Educational Change, Higher Education, Education Work Relationship
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Brooks, Beth A. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2017
Despite vigorous lobbying by advocacy groups at the federal and state levels, policies, and practices that are structurally very similar to those being opposed currently by university presidents--health care scorecards, value-based payments, and risk-sharing (i.e., "skin in the game" initiatives) are now very much realities in health…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Health Services, Commercialization, Adoption (Ideas)
DiSalvio, Philip – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2014
In April 2013, "NEJHE" launched its New Directions for Higher Education series to examine emerging issues, trends and ideas that have an impact on higher education policies, programs and practices. In this installment, DiSalvio interviews Pamela Tate, president and CEO of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Topics…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Policy, Interviews, Prior Learning
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