Is college always worth it? What factors have the biggest influence on whether college pays off for students in the labor market? What can institutions do to make college a better investment? And given the high cost of attending college, what should the government be doing to help Americans get a degree?
The conference wraps up five years of research into the relationship between higher education, especially sub-baccalaureate programs, and employment outcomes, much of it based on analysis of student data from five states—California, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. This is the final conference hosted by CAPSEE, a research center funded by the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences and led by the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.