FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2014
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Senate Education Committee Votes to Help Students
Huff Legislation Will Help Guide Students Through the Higher Education Process
SACRAMENTO: The Senate Education Committee passed legislation today that is designed to give California students a better idea of what a college degree is worth. SB 1022, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), will require the California State University (CSU) and call on the University of California (UC) system to provide easily understood rankings, such as median annual wage for degrees that are offered by each institution. Public universities would also be required to list college graduate salary earnings and job-industry placement data.
Public universities already have access to this data through state law. Senator Huff’s legislation would merely make it available to prospective and current students and the public.
“Next to purchasing a home, a college diploma is one of the biggest investments we ever make,” said Senator Huff. “Add to that the years of study and dedication needed to pull down a degree, students and parents deserve to know whether their degree is going to be worth something in the job market.”
A recent study from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity found that out of 41.7 million working college graduates in 2010, 48 percent of them – representing more than 20 million people — held jobs that required less than a bachelor’s degree. Thirty-seven percent held jobs that required no more than a high-school diploma.
Another survey shows nearly half of recent graduates believe they would fare better in the job market if they had pursued a different major.
“The least we can do – as policy makers – is to ensure that students are armed with accurate data and information about the labor market,” said Senator Huff. “Giving students a picture of college graduate salary earnings and industry placement will allow students to make thoughtful decisions about where and what they want to study.”
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.