Seven out of 10 high school graduates choose college, observes Smart Shoppers, a report by College Summit and Bellwether Education Partners. Despite warnings of a degree glut, the college wage premium continues to rise. College-educated workers earned 80 percent more than high school-only workers in 2012.
Schools must do a better job identifying students — especially disadvantaged students — who aren’t reaching their potential, Smart Shoppers argue. “Schools, colleges, nonprofits, and businesses need to do a better job of educating students about their options on which college they should attend, which degrees they should pursue, and how they should pay for it.”
About a quarter of the gap in college attendance between affluent and working-class students can’t be explained by academic performance, a new study concludes. The Sutton Trust, a British think tank, looked at college-going in the U.S., Britain and Australia.