Online Learning Update

August 23, 2017

Report finds majors matter more for graduate earnings than institutional brand

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Researchers analyzed a sample of 50,984 UT System graduates who received bachelor’s degrees between 2008 and 2011, using datasets to match graduates with their accompanying degrees with career and wage data. The report indicated a $40,000 median gap between earnings of graduates from the top-earning majors (architecture and engineering) and graduates with majors in biology and life sciences, the lowest-earning degrees among UT grads. The report also found a $3.4 million difference in earnings between majors over the course of a lifetime, far surpassing the lifetime earnings gap between college and high school graduates. There is evidence to suggest that graduating from any school with particular majors could outweigh the benefits of attending a “top” school with a less valued degree.

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