Research + News | Topic: College Completion

Just 40% of College Graduates Think College Got Them Ready for a Career

In an online survey of 1,360 US college students in March and April of 2016, the education company McGraw-Hill and the analytics firm Hanover Research found that only four out of every 10 seniors graduating in the class of 2016 feel their college experience has helped them get ready for a career, and that figure is slightly lower for students across all years.

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When Millennials Go to Work

It’s graduation season, and that means millions of young Americans (Millennials) are being awarded degrees from colleges and universities across the nation, and are now heading into the workforce—many for the first time ever. But what are the unique expectations of this generation when it comes to work?

Read the research article from Barna here.

Most Students Expect Parents’ Financial Help After College

According to Upromise, more than 2/3 of students expect mom and dad to financially support them after college graduation. Read the article here.

Pregnant College Girls Should Not Have to Choose Between Child, Education

The Christian Post explores the issue of getting pregnant while in college. From the article:

“Becoming unexpectedly pregnant while in college can be a scary situation for most women, and many of these students have no idea about the resources available to them on their college campuses to help them stay in school and parent their children.”

Read the entire article here.

College Students with Involved Fathers 98% More Likely to Graduate

Fathers can play a big role in whether or not their children graduate from college. Read the article here.

Tech Nudge: Proding Students Into and Through College

degreeAn article by Education Sector at American Institutes for Research explains the many ways that colleges use communication technology to “nudge” students through daily college activities and decisions. From the article:

“By giving students information-driven suggestions that lead to smarter actions, technology nudges are intended to tackle a range of problems surrounding the process by which students begin college and make their way to graduation… New approaches are certainly needed. Just 58 percent of full-time, first-time college students at four-year institutions complete a degree within six years. Among Hispanics, blacks, and students at two-year colleges, the figures are much worse. In all, more than 400,000 students drop out every year. At a time when post­secondary credentials are more important than ever, around 37 million Americans report their highest level of education as ‘some college, no degree.'”

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It’s Possible to Graduate Debt-Free. Here’s How

Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Rebekah Bell, a recent graduate of Biola University, explains tips for obtaining a college degree with little to no debt. The advice: “Scout out scholarships, take courses online, use your skills to make money and get a summer job.”

Read the full article here.

College-Educated Americans Are Less Engaged in Jobs

A survey by GALLUP reveals that “employed Americans of all ages with college degrees are less likely to be engaged at work than are their respective peers with a high school education or less, so their engagement is not related to being a recent graduate.”

Read the full report here.

Economic Benefits of Attaining an Associate Degree

According to a study for the Community College Research Center (CCRC), for economic reasons, “more… students should complete their associate degree before transferring to a four-year institution to attempt a bachelor’s degree, as relatively few students who transfer early ever complete a bachelor’s degree and thus leave college with no credential.” The study was based on data from the North Carolina Community College System.

Read the abstract here.

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One Third Of Millennials Regret Going To College?

According to a new Wells Fargo study, about one-third of millennials (people between the ages of 22 and 32) say they would have been better off working instead of going to college and paying tuition. More than half of them financed their education through student loans, and many say if they had $10,000 the “first thing” they’d do is pay down their student loan or credit card debt.

Read the full report from Forbes here.