Increase college graduation rates, improve society

August 4, 2016

Andrea Devitt


As the 2016-2017 academic year draws near, it’s important to remember what our colleges and universities do for our local communities.

Most of us know that people who earn a college degree are likely to earn more money than people who have not completed college. However, the benefits to our communities and to society as a whole extend far beyond the individual worker.

Since college graduates generally make more money, they pay higher income taxes which help support our local, state and national economies. Furthermore, there is a greater chance degree recipients have full-time jobs that provide retirement benefits and health insurance.

College graduates are also less likely to be incarcerated; for every four high school graduates who are imprisoned, only one college graduate is imprisoned. It costs California taxpayers over $47,000 per year to house one inmate; it’s much less expensive to educate a person and the benefits of an education are exponential.

College graduates are more likely to vote. College graduates are more likely to volunteer. College graduate are more likely to be involved in their children’s education. Together, we can increase our college graduation rates.

Andrea Devitt is an academic counselor at Cuesta College.  She earned a bachelors degree in history from Loyola-Marymount University, a master’s degree in education and a master’s degree in public policy from Cal Poly SLO. She was born and raised in San Luis Obispo.



  1. Rich in MB says:

    Big Education is a Scam on par with the Big Banks, Big Oil and Big Pharma.
    The myth/lie that we need to send more people to college so that they can get worthless degrees but come out with 80K in student debt has crushed an entire generation of Citizens. It’s time we call out Big Education on the Scam they are pulling, selling a product that is not worth the cost and then asking the Government to subsidize their cost through student loans. We must put a stop to the Student to Slave pathway caused by the Student Loan Lobby and Bid Education.

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    • funinslo says:

      Infant childcare in SLO County ranges between $9,500 – $14,500 annually. Pre-school in SLO County ranges between $8,800 – $10,300 annually. Plus parents have an obligation to feed their children, cloth their children and put a roof over their head until they are 18 years old. That is the law. Going to college is not going to make you rich. As individuals, we are responsible for our own happiness and money doesn’t make you happy. But a college degree will give you a better chance of obtaining a higher paying job. It’s just that simple.

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  2. Pelican1 says:

    You cannot change what you refuse to confront.Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
    Don’t think of cost.Think of value an education as an investment in your future…it will pay dividends ONLY if you apply yourself.

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