Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 03, 2013
An analysis of the earnings of recent college graduates in five states finds that those who went to elite institutions do not necessarily earn higher salaries than their peers, that some certificate and associate degrees are far more lucrative than four year degrees, and that when it comes to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), students who study biology or chemistry will earn far less than those in the other three fields.
"Higher Education Pays: But a Lot More for Some Graduates than for Others" was written by Dr. Mark Schneider, the President of College Measures, with funding provided by the Lumina Foundation. The report examines the average first-year earnings of graduates from two-year and four-year institutions in Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia and compares it with the degrees they earned.
“The findings challenge some conventional wisdom, showing for example that what you study matters more than where you study,” says Schneider, a vice president and Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). “Higher education is one of the most important investments people make. The right choices can lead to good careers and good wages while the wrong ones can leave graduates with mountains of debt and poor prospects for ever paying off student loans.”
College Measures, a joint venture of AIR and the Matrix Knowledge Group, partnered with five states to make information available about how much college graduates earn. Four lessons emerged from analyses:
About College Measures
Established in 2011, College Measures is committed to informing and improving the decision-making process for students, parents, and policy makers and in so doing, help create a more efficient, productive and effective higher education system. For more information visit, http://www.collegemeasures.org.
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit http://www.air.org.