by Locker Room contributor
According the College Board’s new report touting public benefits of higher education, college graduates smoke less and are likelier to exercise than other Americans. And they?re civically engaged; they vote more, volunteer more and communicate better.
The College Board implies that all of these benefits result from individuals going to college.
I’d like to propose an alternative theory: the qualities that attract one to higher education also motivate one to be healthier, happier and more civically engaged. I wonder if any of the college board “findings” would stand up to real testing.
Buried in the end of InsideHigherEd’s coverage of the study:
And, as the report makes clear, the correlation-causation issue is important to consider. In other words, it?s hard to tell how much of the disparity cited is a result of students completing four years of college or, say, simply a product of their background.
No? You don’t say?