Illinois' Augustana College is trying to bring more transparency to the admissions process.
In recent years, many individuals and organizations have preached the value of earning a bachelor's degree. For example, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce states that, on average, full-time, full-year workers with bachelor's degrees earn 84% more over their lifetimes than high school graduates. Similarly, the Pew Research Center states that typical college graduates make about $650,000 more than high school graduates over the course of a 40-year career.
While this data is certainly revealing, many students are still skeptical of colleges and their often high costs. Officials at Illinois' Augustana College recently decided that the best way to put students' minds at ease is to increase their transparency, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
The college recently published a document on its website called "The Augustana Story." Here, students can find information on "the things other college don't tell you," such as student outcomes, how the institution uses tuition revenue and faculty salaries. In the coming months, this document will also be mailed to about 300 guidance counselors and leaders of 500 to 600 colleges, the Chronicle states.
W. Kent Barnds, vice president for enrollment at Augustana, said he hopes some college leaders will be inspired by the document and see it as an example of transparency during the admissions process.