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Report: Growing Number of College Grads Earn Less Than the Typical High School Graduate


Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

HEA Group report reveals many US college graduates earn less than high school graduates. Despite 99% of colleges producing graduates earning above the poverty line, only 74% exceed the typical high school graduate’s earnings. For-profit colleges and short-term credential programs often fail to ensure graduates earn more than high school diploma-holders. Lack of access to career-building opportunities and the need to work part-time jobs may contribute to lower earnings. The report suggests higher education institutions focus on graduates’ career outcomes, course relevance, and career-readiness opportunities….

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