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Mamie Voight, MPP Biography

Vice President of Policy Research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
Pro to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"

“Absolutely. College is the pathway to the middle class, a practical prerequisite for success in today’s knowledge-based economy. The typical bachelor’s degree recipient earns nearly 50 percent more than a high school graduate over her lifetime, reaping the financial rewards of her degree around age 36… She also will be healthier, less likely to be unemployed, and more involved in her community – sharing her personal payoff with us all. College isn’t only worth it for the individual student; it’s worth it for our nation.”

John S. Kiernan, “Is College Worth It? Experts Pick Sides,”, Feb. 3, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Vice President of Policy Research, Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), Feb. 2016-present
  • Director of Policy Research, IHEP, Aug. 2013-Feb. 2016
  • Assistant Director of Higher Education Research and Policy, Research and Policy Analyst, and intern, The Education Trust, Jan. 2009-July 2013
  • Engineer in Training, Jacobs Engineering, June 2004-July 2007
  • MPP, Georgetown University, 2009
  • Studied International Management, University of Oxford, 2008
  • MCE, Transportation Planning, University of Delaware, 2007
  • BCE (Bachelor of Civil Engineering), Civil Engineering and Women’s Studies, Villanova University, 2004
  • Twitter handle: @mamie_voight
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is a College Education Worth It?