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Document Number: 5664

Education Pays 2004: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society - Too often, postsecondary education is thought of as a private, personal benefit. This line of thinking obscures the broader societal benefits that come with high levels of educational attainment – the increased vitality of a state’s economy, greater levels of civic participation, less dependence on welfare and other forms of state support, and lower crime rates. This report from the College Board describes both the personal and societal benefits of postsecondary education through the use of government statistics and academic research. It also documents how uneven access to higher education creates unequal distribution of wealth and resources and ultimately prevents states from running more efficiently. (Sandy Baum and Kathleen Payea, The College Board, 2004) ...

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