The research done by Josh Mitchell stated in this article, demonstrates that a college degree is more important today than those who grew up a few decades ago. Josh does this by giving the evidence that people born between 1960 and 1960 made $115,000 more with a college degree than someone born between 1940 and 1944. This means that the annual salary of someone with a college degree rose, however, the salary for people with only a high school degree fell $192,000 over the same time period. Indicating how having a college degree is important for those looking to support themselves and provides people with more opportunities to make more money.
This article from Washington Post explains that better grades are linked to someone’s chances of getting into a good college. Also, better grades are related to whether someone will finish graduate school or college. Higher grades are also linked to a greater probability of someone going to graduate school and earning another advanced degree. Better grades can also indicate how much someone will make in their life.
The correlation between high school grades and overall educational attainment was strongest for minorities. This article specifies that the correlation is strongest for African American and Hispanic men. The correlation is strongest for minorities because those with good grades are more motivated to finish their education and then advance their education. However, even though they may have high grades those grades didn’t translate into high earning for minorities. The article says this could be due to the gap in opportunities made available to minorities. This article talks about how the achievement gap between minorities and whites is still there and the gap is getting wider.