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Women See Value and Benefits of College; Men Lag on Both Fronts, Survey Finds

For the start of the academic year from the Pew:

Women See Value and Benefits of College; Men Lag on Both Fronts, Survey Finds

Women See Value and Benefits of College; Men Lag on Both Fronts, Survey Finds (21 page PDF)
By Wendy Wang, and Kim Parker, August 17, 2011

“At a time when women surpass men by record numbers in college enrollment and completion, they also have a more positive view than men about the value higher education provides, according to a nationwide Pew Research Center survey. Half of all women who have graduated from a four-year college give the U.S. higher education system excellent or good marks for the value it provides given the money spent by students and their families; only 37% of male graduates agree. In addition, women who have graduated from college are more likely than men to say their education helped them to grow both personally and intellectually.”

“Other Key Findings
• Women seem to see more benefit in their college education than do men. College educated  women are more likely than their male counterparts to say college was “very useful” in increasing their knowledge and helping them grow intellectually (81% vs.
67%), as well as helping them grow and mature as a person (73% vs. 64%).
• More women than men question the affordability of college. Only 14% of women who  graduated from college agree that most people can afford to pay for college these days.  This compares with 26% of male college graduates. Large majorities of both women  and men say that college is no longer affordable for most people.
• Women who graduated from college are more likely than their male counterparts to  report that their parents financed their education. Four-in-ten women say their parents  paid for most of their college expenses, compared with 29% of men.”

Stephen

Posted on: September 21, 2011, 7:26 pm Category: Uncategorized

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