Other Resources

A growing number of organizations and initiatives are working to increase awareness and understanding of value when it comes to higher education.

The Brookings Institution

Using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and Payscale, Brookings researchers produced an analysis of graduates’ outcomes on measures such as salary and predicted outcomes based on student characteristics and type of institution attended. 

College Scorecard

The U.S. Department of Education created this searchable database of colleges and universities to provide information on cost of attendance, financial aid and average debt, retention and graduation rates, and post-graduation earnings. Data on student debt load and earnings by field of study are now available, as well as data on program-level outcomes, certificate-granting institutions and additional data on graduation rates.

The College Board

As part of its Trends series on tuition and student aid, The College Board has also assembled data on various economic and non-economic benefits of higher education.

The Economist

This 2015 analysis uses earnings data from graduates to compare what they actually made in relation to estimates of what they might have made if they studied at other institutions.

Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

The center is a nationally recognized research and policy institute focusing on the link between education, career qualifications and workforce demands. This includes research on the relationship between students’ educational choices and their economic outcomes. A recent report evaluates the return on investment of the 210 U.S. liberal arts colleges. 

Launch My Career

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosts this interactive tool, which this interactive web tool, which provides students in Colorado, Tennessee, and Texas with information about the return on investment of certificates and degrees from public colleges and universities in those states.

New America

This annual survey examines Americans’ opinions on higher education, including the sentiments and nuance of people’s thoughts about its value, who should fund it, and what the government’s role should be.

The New York Times College Access Index

This ranking of colleges and universities focuses on colleges and universities with a five-year graduation rate of at least 75 percent on their commitment to economic diversity, measured by the percentage of Pell Grant students they enroll and the net price for middle income students.

Opportunity Insights

This organization, headquartered at Harvard University, produces a range of analyses on economic mobility, including a report card on the mobility of low-income students attending American colleges and universities.

Third Way

This Washington, D.C.-based think tank produces a range of analyses related to the value of higher education, including opinion research and comparisons of institutional spending and outcomes.

Washington Monthly

The magazine’s annual College Guide includes rankings of colleges and universities on how well they serve low-income students and in 2018 produced the first-ever ranking of institutions offering vocational certificates.