Monday, October 20, 2014

Measuring Humanities Degrees Misses Much of Their Value

The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 20th, 2014

Plenty of people know how much they paid for their college degree. Fewer can tell you what it’s actually worth.
That disparity is something new research from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators project is hoping to fix.
The project is focusing on wage data from the American Community Survey, but some say using earnings as a sole measure of success misses the value of a degree and how it serves society.
“We’re trying to figure out what the best measure for this is,” said Robert B. Townsend, director of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ office in Washington and a researcher on the project. “A lot of this is, ‘How do you measure the value of a good teacher to society?’ It’s a real challenge.”

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