Office of the President

January 19, 2011

What is a college education worth?

Gina Hills

The UW Office of External Affairs this morning released a document that looks at what a college education is worth for the citizens, community, employers, state and students. It says, for example, that college graduates can expected to earn twice as much as non-grads and that by 2018, 63% of available jobs in the U.S. are forecast to require at least some college education. See the document >>

  • Edward Nguyen

    I believe a college education is important for both personal and financial growth prospects, however I believe the quality and transfer of knowledge needs to be improved.

    A colleague and I are new graduates and we are finding it difficult to transfer what we’ve learned in the university to a real world “edge” or advantage. This also seems to be the case for many students, I’m sure. What is your position on this?

  • max press

    Dear Dr. Wise (or whomever maintains the blog),
    Concerning the interesting post:
    I heard a rumor that the Information School was possibly going under the axe in the budget crisis. This is, of course, alarming to the University community, and must be a carefully deliberated decision on the part of the administration.

    I was curious what the consequences of this action are. Under a merger, would students currently enrolled in the program graduate with the degrees that they probably, in most cases, took on huge loans in pursuit of? If so, then there are troubling implications for your question: ‘what is a college education worth?’ Not much, if you don’t get the one you go into debt up to your pineal for.

    Furthermore, one wonders whether the selection of a burgeoning program in technology (by all descriptions, one of the best, if not the best, in the country) for reconstitution is the most straightforward choice. Naturally, I’m not entirely uninvested in the decision, and one can only sympathize with the budgetary pressures brought to bear on your position. But, as a UW student, and a member of the student union, one is led to view the future of one’s education with some trepidation. Thanks for your time.
    Cheers, Max Press