Increasing College Attainment in the United States: Variations in Returns to States and Their Residents
The college-completion agenda is based on the premise that higher education produces both personal and public financial benefits, stimulating economic prosperity for individuals and communities.
In partnership with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), NCHEMS set out to investigate this premise by estimating monetary returns the US as a whole and each of the 50 states would experience as a result of increasing the numbers of college graduates they produce.
While the results showed that increasing college attainment across the board generates greater benefits in some states than in others due to a combination of their economy and tax policies, the general acceptance of the strong relationships between education, income, and public economic strength is at the core of all of college attainment goals at the national and state levels.
Interactive models for each state, utilizing 2017 data, are available by filling out the request form below. These files require Adobe Flash Player.
This set of models and their earlier iterations have served as the springboard for specialized projects in states looking to dig deeper into the effects of increased attainment on ROI, adding levers for closing the gaps on race, for example. For more information on this study and the models, please contact John@nchems.org, 303-497-0308.