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

Pew Research Center
Wendy Wang, Kim Parker
August 18, 2011
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At a time when women surpass men by record numbers in college enrollment and completion, they also have a more positive view than men about the value higher education provides, according to a nationwide Pew Research Center survey.

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. 

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