Trostel presents to New England Board of Higher Education

Professor Philip Trostel gave a presentation to the Legislative Advisory Committee of the New England Board of Higher Education last week in a session entitled “Advocating for Higher Education as a Public Good.” The meeting on September 14 focused on the topic of the documenting the public benefits of higher education. The committee notes that the “benefits of a well-educated population extend beyond lifetime earnings into the domains of employment rates, tax receipts, mortality rates, incidence of poverty, health insurance claims and outcomes, contributions to the community, retirement security, philanthropic activity, crime rates, voting, and personal satisfaction.” Trostel’s research has focused on documenting  many of these benefits. The session explored how state policymakers can use data and communication tools to be strong advocates for higher education.