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Big Data measuring dollar value of college degrees

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RALEIGH, N.C. - The era of Big Data is allowing university and community college students see what actual graduates of a school's degree programs are paid after they start drawing a paycheck.

North Carolina's public universities and community colleges last week and Kentucky schools this week became the latest to disclose the payroll payoff that comes with completing a degree.

At least a half-dozen states from Texas to Florida are linking student and salary data online.

North Carolina's online tool links student college records with salary information collected by the state's unemployment agency to show what studying anthropology could mean in dollars. The web site at www.nctower.com also shows what students at any state campus have brought home a year, five years, or even a decade after graduation.

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