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The Economic Value of Higher Education: Comparing the Benefits of a Four-Year Degree to Those of a Technical Degree. By: Loryn Zimmerman. Objectives. Evaluate the economic advantages/disadvantages of obtaining a college (4-year) degree vs. a technical degree based on:

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The Economic Value of Higher Education:Comparing the Benefits of a Four-Year Degree to Those of a Technical Degree

By: Loryn Zimmerman

objectives
Objectives
  • Evaluate the economic advantages/disadvantages of obtaining a college (4-year) degree vs. a technical degree based on:
    • Projected average costs of obtaining a degree
    • Projected average debt upon graduation
    • Job placement in chosen field after graduation
    • Projected average income after graduation
  • Evaluate the satisfaction that graduates from both institutions have with their education.
  • Understand if social concepts of degree value coincide with quantitative data.
    • Do quantitative and qualitative data both yield the same results?
    • If not, what does society interpret the value of a degree to be?
background information
Background Information
  • Average annual tuition for a public 4-year university: $9,000 = $36,000 total
  • Average annual tuition for a private 4-year college: $35,000 = $140,000 total
  • Average annual tuition for a technical college: $2,713 = $5,426 total

www.collegeboard.com

background information con t
Background Information, con’t
  • Average debt for a technical degree: $0-18,000
  • Average debt for a 4-year degree: $6,000-32,909
    • Average debt for a Master’s degree: $25,000
    • Average debt for a Doctoral degree: $52,000
    • Average debt for a Professional degree: $79,863

www.finaid.org

methods
Methods
  • Quantitative data interpretation and gathering
  • Surveys/Questionnaires
  • Interviews – both formal and informal
  • Focus groups
  • Theoretical Perspective: Functionalist
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Why?
  • Why do this research?
  • Who could it potentially benefit?
  • What work has already been done?
  • What is the significance of this research project to this course?
references cited
References Cited
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  • The College Board.
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  • 2010 “College grads: $24,000 in debt” [internet], Available from http://money.cnn.com/2010/10/22/pf/college/student_loan_debt/index.htm [Accessed March 26, 2011].
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