Pew: Women value college more than men

It’s not surprising more women are going to college and earning degrees: Women value higher education, while men have doubts, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

Half of all women who have graduated from a four-year college give the U.S. higher education system excellent or good marks for the value it provides given the money spent by students and their families; only 37% of male graduates agree. In addition, women who have graduated from college are more likely than men to say their education helped them to grow both personally and intellectually.

Women passed men in educational attainment in 1992 and the gap continues to widen: In 2010, 36 percent of women ages 25-29 had earned a bachelor’s degree, compared to only 28 percent of their male counterparts.

The gender gap is largest for blacks: 63 percent of young black college graduates are female, 37 percent are male.

A majority (53 percent) of Asian-Americans in their late 20′s have earned a bachelor’s degree, compared to 39 percent of whites, 19 percent of blacks and 13 percent of Hispanics.

A college education is needed to get a good job, say 69 percent of adults polled by Gallup for the Lumina Foundation for Education.

Fifty-seven percent strongly agree or agree that people who have a college degree have a good chance of finding a quality job; 15 percent disagree.