What are the benefits of going to college? This report provides a broad overview of the public and private benefits that accrue from college education. The goal of the publication is to catalogue these benefits by providing a more accurate and inclusive picture than is commonly understood. This may help to broaden public understanding of the value of higher education, and thereby lead to more rational, longer-term consideration of governmental and societal investment in collegiate learning. The report includes an analysis of historical discussions about higher education benefits, and a review of the changing public dialogue about public and private benefits. The bulk of the report's findings are devoted to characterizing the benefits of higher education into a simple typology of public social, public economic, private social, and private economic benefits.
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Reaping the Benefits: Defining the Public and Private Value of Going to College
Published: March 1998