The Economic Benefit of Postsecondary Degrees

President Obama, philanthropic and policy organizations, and states have set bold goals essentially to double the number of postsecondary degrees and certificates produced in the next 8 to 13 years. Behind this commitment to increased attainment is a value proposition for policymakers and the general public that achieving these goals will lead to social and economic benefits for individuals, states, and the nation. While the relationship between education and income is strong, incomes vary significantly among the types of degrees by level and discipline and within each state.

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