Pew Survey on College

Over half of male college graduates (59 percent) and almost half of female college graduates (47 percent) believe that “the higher education system” is “only fair” or “poor” in “providing value for the money spent by students and their families,” according to a new poll (pdf) released by the Pew Research Center last week.

Pew survey of college grads

Source: Pew Research Center.

Given how adamant economists are that college is an overwhelmingly good investment, it is surprising to see so many college graduates, especially men, who believe college was not good value for money, even after they have successfully completed the degree.

One Comment

  1. PeonInChief says:

    This may reflect the experience of students who go to non-elite universities and discover, $30K or so later, that the jobs they can get don’t pay much more than the jobs they would get just having taken a few community college courses.

    Women may actually get better jobs with a university education. Or it may be that women just like school more, and so value education differently. Sandra Lee Bartky (one of the Midwest Feminist Philosophers group) once noted that school is the place where women have the greatest equality and are most judged on merit.

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