We asked alumni nationwide who had borrowed money to go to school if their loans were worth it. Strada Education Network and Gallup surveyed a nationally representative sample of more than 6,000 student loan holders. While perspectives on student loans vary with the financial factors of loan amount and income, there are also differences by race or ethnicity and education pathway. Yet one variable clearly topped the list: whether alumni felt their school provided them with resources and support to get a good job. When this support is present, alumni are much more likely to feel their student loans were worth it, and the differences in perceived value among racial and ethnic groups diminish. Learn about the detailed results below.
We asked alumni nationwide who had borrowed money to go to school if their loans were worth it.
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.
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.
Strada CEO and President Bill Hansen explains why it is important to involve education consumers in conversations about improving higher education.
Dr. Michelle Weise, Chief Innovation Officer & Senior Vice President for Strada Education Network, discusses how higher education institutions are not adequately preparing students for future jobs. These institutions must focus on educating students for the future, especially with the increased automatization and robotization of the workforce. Higher Education needs to be a fluid system, allowing students to move in and out of learning and work, in order to promote lifelong learning.
Strada Education Network and Gallup today released new findings from the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey, revealing only one quarter (26 percent) of U.S. adults with college experience strongly agree that their college coursework is relevant to their work and daily life.
Highlights of key speakers from the ASU + GSV conference in San Diego. The conference consists of educators and business leaders promoting the launch of the Strada Institute for the Future of Work.
Through the Strada Education Network MSI Measuring College Value initiative, five institutions are working to more effectively use data to help students complete college and navigate into rewarding careers.
Don Luna, Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M, discusses the importance of communication in the sciences and finding your voice in your work.
Leaders at Strada Education Network present data concerning how education consumers can make informed decisions. This data helps students on their paths to “Completion With a Purpose,” which is Strada’s mission.
Higher education is one of the biggest investments that an individual can make, so states and institutions must give those education consumers access to the data necessary to facilitate informed decision making.