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Data shows benefits of getting a higher education

Jun 7, 2024, 11:00 AM

Benefits of higher education...

(Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

(Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The benefits of getting a higher education are backed by recent data. 

At its meeting on Thursday, The Utah Board of Higher Education reaffirmed that despite concerns, college is the way to go, citing data from the Kem C. Gardner Institute.

“We understand that there are particular concerns about higher education and we are willing and fully committed to understanding and addressing those concerns,” said Commissioner for Higher Education for Utah Geoff Landward. “But, they represent such a small percentage of what higher education is contributing and doing for the state of Utah.”

According to Landward, data shows those who get a higher education receive personal benefits, like the potential for higher wages. However, they also have a positive impact on the economy and society as a whole.

Landward noted colleges graduates make about $20,000 dollars a year more, on average, than someone with a high school diploma. That’s one of the many reasons those with a higher education reported being happier.

“When you have confidence and in your career success, you have generally good health you have access to good mental health care all associated with having a college degree that probably will translate into you feeling like you are happy,” he said. 

What if higher education is unaffordable?

 For many, a university education is too expensive, or just does not seem to fit. It can help to explore technical schools that offer certificates for trades.

Additionally, Landward said there are technical training can also boost your income. 

For high school students who want to get a jump on higher education, the state offers many college and trade school classes through concurrent enrollment

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Data shows benefits of getting a higher education