Women See Value and Benefits of College; Men Lag on Both Fronts, Survey Finds

From PewResearch Publications

August 17, 2011

Half of all women who have graduated from a four-year college give the U.S. higher education system excellent or good marks for the value it provides given the money spent by students and their families; only 37% of male graduates agree. In addition, women who have graduated from college are more likely than men to say their education helped them to grow both personally and intellectually. These results of a nationwide Pew Research Center survey come at a time when women surpass men by record numbers in college enrollment and completion.

The survey also found that while a majority of Americans believe that a college education is necessary in order to get ahead in life these days, the public is somewhat more inclined to see this credential as a necessity for a woman than for a man. Some 77% of respondents say this about women, while just 68% say it about men.

How College Graduates Grade the Higher Education System

See the full report click here for demographic patterns underlying these gender trends, as well as other key findings, at pewsocialtrends.org. To download a PDF of the full report click here