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August 31, 2006

Arithmetic

Filed under: Education — jstreed1476 @ 6:44 pm

The US Census Bureau has a nice factsheet of facts and figures about American schools. Some highlights:

31% Percentage of undergraduates attending two-year institutions.

In Iowa, the total enrollment of the state’s 15 community colleges is greater than the total number of students at UIowa, ISU, and UNI.

$12,605
Average tuition, room and board (for in-state students) at the nation’s four-year public colleges and universities for an entire academic year; that is more than double the corresponding figure in 1990.

$34,698
Average tuition, room and board at the nation’s four-year private colleges and universities for one complete academic year; that is more than double the corresponding 1990 figure.

$62,236
Average starting salary offered to bachelor’s degree candidates in petroleum engineering, among the highest of any field of study. At the other end of the spectrum were those majoring in the humanities; they were offered an average of $31,565.

:-( Though I’m amazed my young friends in the humanities average over 30k right out of school.

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2 Comments »

  1. The snippet about Iowa is interesting. I taught in an Iowa CC for a year and was extremely impressed, by both my fellow faculty and the student body.

    Comment by Dan tdaxp — September 4, 2006 @ 8:39 pm

  2. Hi, Dan~

    Thanks for stopping by.

    At which CC did you teach? I work in admissions at Hawkeye (in Waterloo); I also teach one or two composition classes per year. Teaching so-called non-trads is a treat. They usually eat recent hs grads for breakfast :-)

    Comment by jstreed1476 — September 5, 2006 @ 12:58 pm


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