Increasing enrollment in Saint Leo’s online degree programs reflects belief among Americans that a college education is very important.
In 1978, Gallup asked Americans for the first time how important they thought a college education is.
At that time, just 36 percent of Americans considered a college education to be very important.
Today, the percentage of American adults who believe a college education is very important has reached an all-time high of 70 percent.
According to Gallup, the reason Americans value a college education more than ever before may reflect evidence that Americans with college degrees earn significantly more over their lifetimes than those without degrees.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), college graduates earn 39 percent more annually on average than those with just a high school diploma: $55,432 vs. $33,904.
In addition, BLS statistics show that by the year 2020, approximately 30 percent of all new jobs will require some college education.