EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — July 21, 2017

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Selectivity and Earnings from a Higher Education

 

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and the University of Texas System released a new publication this week titled "What Matters Most: The Economic Value of Bachelor’s Degrees from The University of Texas System." The publication looks at economic outcomes three years after graduation from colleges and universities in Texas and nationally.

Of the many data items of interest, this small graphic tells a very important story about the importance of where you go, not just if you go, to college. The finding is simple: graduates of selective institutions earn more, on average, than graduates who attended lesser selective institutions. And this matters greatly, because lower income and first generation students are less likely to be able to attend a selective institution for a variety of reasons, most importantly that their prior education is often of a lesser quality than more affluent students. While Texas does utilize the 10 percent solution in lieu of racial quotas, the solution doesn't make everything copacetic in terms of educational opportunity.

SOURCE: What Matters Most: The Economic Value of Bachelor’s Degrees from The University of Texas System. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and the University of Texas System.