GSE Publications

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

2012

Embargo Date

4-30-2018

Publication Source

Readings in Education: Expanding Postsecondary Opportunity for Underrepresented Students: Theory and Practice of Academic Capital Formation

Volume

26

Start Page

29

Last Page

64

Abstract

The many benefits of increased levels of educational attainment to both individuals and society are well-established (Bailey & Mindle, 2003; Baum, Ma, & Payea, 2010; Cook & King, 2004). With increased levles of educational attainment come higher average earnings, lower rates of poverty, lower likelihood of unemployment, better working conditions, improved health, and a host of other individual benefits (Baum et al., 2010). Society benefits from higher educational attainment through increases in taxes paid, lower rates of dependence on social welfare programs, and greater civic engagement (Baum et al., 2010). By providing a more qualified workforce, increased educational attainment can also be a tool for promoting economic growth and revitalization, particularly in our nation's urban areas (Miller-Adams, 2006).

Copyright/Permission Statement

Originally published in Readings on Equal Education Volume 26: Expanding Postsecondary Opportunity for Underrepresented Students: Theory and Practice of Academic Capital Formation/em> © 2012 AMS Press. Reproduced with permission.

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Date Posted: 06 November 2017