What is the value of a college education? Many have asked that question over the years when they were considering pursuing their degree whether as a student leaving high school or the adult learner completing their degree. The question becomes even more prevalent as the cost of a college degree continues to increase. There are many reasons why people put value on a college education. John Immerwhar (2000) states, "Higher education is perceived as extremely important, and for most people a college education has become the necessary admission ticket to good jobs and a middle-class lifestyle. Parents of high school students place especially high importance on a college education..." The value of a college degree for many is based upon the ability for advancement in the workplace, monetary value, and to show future and present employers your dedication and commitment.
There are many reasons to value a college education. Some reasons are for enhanced knowledge or better job opportunities.
Other reasons maybe, just for the satisfaction of completing a college degree, or to be a role model for your children. One reason could be you being forced to go because everyone in prior generations obtained a college degree. Your family might be very influential in the community and you are expected to set the example. Another reason may be that they are the only one in their family to go to college and you want your family members to be proud of you. From experience, most people you have met will change
their careers at least four times or more in their lifetime. Therefore, the value of a college education means something different to each person.
What is it really worth? The value of a college education is greatly dependent upon how the individual feels regarding further education. There are...