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By the Numbers: Eye on the Industry

Dorothy Wagener

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The Importance of a Degree

Gold = Public opinion research; Purple = Higher education industry or government research

Two colliding trends

Cost and Affordability

Can students afford college?

Who should provide assistance to cover the costs of higher education?

In the past 20 years, tuition has drastically increased.

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Student Debt

The average debt load for college seniors who took out loans and graduated in 2010 was $25,250. Is that...

One third of students who have graduated with a bachelor's degree did not have any educational debt.

Earnings

What are very important reasons for getting education beyond high school?

Education pays in higher earnings and lower unemployment rates.

Value

What is the most important reason people should go to college?

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