Economics of Educating Women

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Students from the Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership program, along with faculty from across the University of Central Arkansas, and the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas worked together to examine the economics of educating women in Arkansas. Previous research has examined and helped to explain earning potential of educated versus non-educated women, factors that influence educational attainment, and other economic and social results of not completing an education. This study built on previous findings by taking a new look at why women in Arkansas choose to pursue or not pursue higher levels of education. The study examined how education impacts the individual characteristics, families, communities, of women when they have access to knowledge.  Researchers were also interested in the roles education, health, and other nonprofit institutions, as well as policy-makers, can play in influencing and lifting a woman’s potential.

Data has been collected through a survey instrument and one-on-one interviews.

To view the survey and get an idea of the research being done, click below.


Listen to the KUAR story about the project here.

Students and faculty involved in the project were honored with the opportunity to present their research at the International Leadership Association’s annual conference in San Diego, California in the Fall of 2014.  In October or 2014, The Women’s Foundation held a panel discussion at the Clinton School of Public Service to discuss the release of the report.