Through research we listen to and elevate past, present, and prospective students’ views on education and training. These insights can be put to use by educators, policymakers, and employers working to expand access, increase completion rates, and strengthen the value of education as more students secure good jobs, do meaningful work, and lead fulfilling lives.
With hundreds of thousands of survey responses, our research documents how individuals from all backgrounds view the value of education and training in their lives. Our findings identify how to best engage and serve current and future students and provide benchmarks for educators and policymakers to evaluate how their systems, institutions, and programs are performing.
Dive into our data and learn how Americans feel about education and work, what they value, and how their perceptions have changed over time. Explore our Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Surveys of more than 350,000 adults, the Public Viewpoint monitoring of COVID-19’s impact on education and work, or our Education Value Survey of recent college graduates.
Launched in 2020 to provide leaders across our nation with frontline perspectives about education and work after high school during the global pandemic, this ongoing nationally representative survey provides a combination of trend monitoring and timely topical insights. This research allows users to monitor the public pulse on education and training.
Over the past 15 years, the number of student loan recipients has increased by 51 percent and the debt associated with those loans has more than doubled. More Americans are borrowing more money to go to college.
We asked alumni nationwide who had borrowed money to go to school if their loans were worth it.
When do people believe their student loans were worth it? The amount of the loan, how much money someone makes and how much education they completed doesn’t tell the whole story.
Expert panelists discuss the value of short-term programs, employer investments, and skills-based hiring
In the recovering economy, employers will play a central role as Americans look to reskill, upskill, and compete in the workforce. But what do people want and expect from employers’ hiring, advancement, and training practices? In this research we explore the public’s perceptions on skills-based hiring, preferences for employer-provided education and training benefits, and beliefs about who should fund education and training.
Strada Education Network’s latest Public Viewpoint research highlights widespread belief that when it comes to career, skills and experience should take precedence over formal credentials—and that Americans highly value employers who will support their education and career development.
As the economy recovers, Americans with less education are most likely to be left behind. Employers will play a central role in helping these individuals reskill, upskill, and get back to work. How do Americans feel about hiring practices and the education and training opportunities employers provide? What are employers’ perceptions of their role in the recovery? What barriers are Americans facing that educators and employers can tackle together?
Examining Enrollment, Completion, Purpose, and Value
After weeks of uncertainty, precaution, stay-at-home orders, and economic turbulence, Americans are beginning to plan for the next stage of their lives. For many, that means making decisions about whether to pursue education and training. In the eighth week of Strada’s Public Viewpoint survey centered around Americans’ attitudes during the pandemic, we gathered insights about Americans’ plans for their education and training, which groups are most likely to enroll, and who Americans are consulting for advice on their education plans.
The number of job openings in the United States now surpasses the number of people available and qualified to fill them. Through the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey, we talk to Americans about their desire for more education and skills training and explore what motivates them to return to school.
How individuals who attend and don’t graduate feel about education
Strada CEO and President Bill Hansen explains why it is important to involve education consumers in conversations about improving higher education.
Survey of 340,000 adults informs creation of Strada Education Consumer Value Equation, providing new insight into learners’ needs and priorities
How consumers rate the value of their education pathways
This article by Madeline St. Amour originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.
The Benefits and Opportunities of Certificates and Certifications
What Adults Without Degrees Say About Pursuing Additional Education and Training
Minnesota, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Wyoming to Use Strada Education Network Data to Strengthen Pathways Between Education and Careers
Massachusetts will be the recipient of financial and technical help to build “data-driven approaches” to linking residents to jobs in growing industries, thanks to a partnership between the National Governors Association and the Strada Education Network.
Relevance and the Value of Higher Education
New analysis of Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey shows that American adults who hold certificates and certifications, but no degree, report better employment and life outcomes than those with no credential.
When do Adults without Degrees Benefit from Earning Certificates and Certifications?
In partnership with Gallup to interview more than 300,000 Americans between the ages of 18-65 about their expectations and experiences with post-high school education.
Employer survey on finding the best talent for the job
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