August 13, 2019
In case you missed it in the end of the year hubbub, there was a very interesting research study completed by Public Agenda, with support from the Kresge Foundation.
In November, the organization released the findings of a report about adult students. A full report of the findings (and implications for educational institutions who serve—or want to better serve—adult students) can be found here.
One of the major findings is that prospective adult students appear to be unaware or, even worse, misinformed, about key factors that could affect their success as they pursue associate’s or bachelor’s degrees.
Below, I’ve highlighted a few data points from the study that support those findings:
Carolin Hagelskamp, Public Agenda’s director of research and lead author on the research report, sums it up this way, “Policymakers, private foundations and school leaders all spend a lot of money researching and publicizing data about college quality—they see it as critical information for consumers.
Yet these efforts are falling short. The prospective students we talked to wonder how this information is relevant to them—they just didn’t automatically care. Information alone is not going to be enough—it takes time and discussion for people to understand what data means to them and how it can help them make better decisions.”