March 16, 2022
 2-3 p.m. Eastern

Work-based learning opportunities, including internships, have long been lauded as a high-impact practice, yet less is known about the longer-term impacts of these experiences, both economic and noneconomic. By combining insights from federal longitudinal data and nationally representative surveys of current students and alumni, we identify additional evidence of the benefits of work-based learning for students’ confidence and their outcomes after they complete a degree. We also find troubling gaps in access to these critical learning opportunities. Join Strada researchers, college students, and recent graduates for a discussion of these findings and personal experiences with internships at 2 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March 16. Work Shift Contributing Editor Paul Fain will moderate the conversation with guest panelists and audience members to help us all learn more about work-based learning and practices that can increase equitable access to the connections both students and employers increasingly desire.

Brief on Public Viewpoint:

Public Viewpoint is Strada Education Network’s monthly release of timely research-based insights on key higher education and workforce issues. Drawing upon data from multiple national surveys representing the perspectives of more than 400,000 adults, the research informs education and training providers, policymakers, and employers who are helping people complete valuable and purposeful education pathways. Additional data from publicly available sources, including U.S. government surveys and statistics are regularly examined and included.

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July 16, 2021
July 28, 2021 | Examining the Value of Nondegree Credentials

The number of organizations offering nondegree credentials is proliferating, and interest from learners in these credentials — certificates, certifications, and licenses — is growing. But even though these credentials are now in the spotlight, we have relatively sparse data on outcomes. To provide more understanding, through a Strada-Gallup survey we asked more than 14,000 adults across the nation about earnings, job satisfaction, and perceptions about the worth and benefits of nondegree credentials. This month’s Strada Public Viewpoint release compares learner outcomes across degree, nondegree, and combined pathways. By examining programs of different lengths and the experiences of different populations, we aim to provide insights that inform our understanding of the value and potential limitations of nondegree credentials. Join Strada researchers and expert panelists at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 28, for a discussion about the findings and implications for the field. As part of the ongoing Strada Public Viewpoint research started in March 2020, Strada Education Network has talked to tens of thousands of people in the United States about their experiences with work and education during the pandemic. The research is intended to inform education and training providers, policymakers, and employers who are helping people complete valuable and purposeful education pathways.