Greg Wolniak joined colleagues at the University of Iowa and Montana State University to examine the various residual benefits of the college experience. The team's findings and paper, "The Post-Collegiate Influence of Undergraduate Experiences: Intellectual, Civic, and Psychological Outcomes," was featured in an article in the Daily Iowan on December 9.
The study pulled data from a sample of over 20,000 college graduates to find short- and long-term advantages of college and quantified these benefits in non-financial means. According to lead researcher, Nicholas Bowman, “[This research] shows the importance of an educated workforce and society, even if it isn’t as apparent in how much money you make."
Wolniak commented on the impact on students, "...[H]aving instructors who engage them, challenge them, and expose them to new ideas and assignments pays dividends [to undergraduates] well beyond the college years and in ways that extend beyond career success.”
Read the full article at: https://dailyiowan.com/2019/12/09/attending-college-has-consistent-long-term-benefits-ui-researchers-say