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Stats That Stick: July 6, 2011

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July 06, 2011 08:49 pm

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U.S. teachers spend an average of 1,097 hours per year on instruction, making their hours among the world’s longest. (Wall Street Journal)

When asked about their plans for postsecondary education and careers, 22 percent of America’s ninth graders did not report any educational expectations, while 39 percent reported that they expect to earn a graduate or professional degree. More female ninth graders than male ninth graders expect to obtain a graduate or professional degree (44 percent versus 35 percent). (National Center for Education Statistics)

The U.S. Department of Education just released data that shows comparisons of college tuition rates for the 2009–10 school year. Here are a few of the jaw-dropping numbers:

  • The average tuition for four-year, nonprofit colleges was $21,324. Bates College in Maine had the highest tuition ($51,300).
  • The average tuition for four-year, for profits colleges was $15,661. Sanford-Brown College in Virginia had the highest tuition ($45,628).
  • The average tuition for four-year, public colleges was $10,747. Penn State University’s main campus in State College had the highest tuition ($14,416).
  • The average tuition for two-year, public colleges was $2,527. The University of Pittsburgh–Titusville had the highest tuition ($10,430).
  • From 1999 to 2009, tuition at public two-year colleges increased 71 percent, while the median family income declined 4.9 percent, adjusted for inflation.

(as reported in the New York Times)

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