Strada collaborates with students, policymakers, educators, and employers across the U.S. to strengthen the link between education and opportunity.
We prioritize policies, practices, and programs that help ensure postsecondary education provides equitable pathways to opportunity.
We advance our mission through research, grantmaking, social impact investments, public policy solutions, Strada-supported nonprofit organizations, and strategic initiatives.
Strada’s research team conducts primary and secondary research to learn what students need so that educators, policymakers, employers, innovators, funders, and others can help all students succeed beyond completion of credentials and degrees. This work can benefit first-generation students, working adults, those who struggle to afford education, students of color, and others facing barriers to quality education and training that will prepare them for success at work and in life.
Our research explores what people say they need to succeed throughout their education and employment journey — their interest in education, their aspirations, their outcomes, the factors that help them succeed and the barriers that stand in their way.
We focus on four areas of research:
Here is how our research is advancing the field’s thinking on how best to serve students.
We explore the choice to pursue additional education and training. This encompasses aspirations, expectations, barriers, and the desired supports involved in making the choice to pursue more learning.
Steep declines in undergraduate enrollment during 2020 and 2021 threaten to widen existing equity gaps in college completion and career opportunities.
The pandemic has led to a national crisis of widespread disruption to both work and education for millions of adults in the U.S., especially those from historically marginalized groups.
Making progress in our lives as adults is challenging as we juggle multiple family and work responsibilities.
In a collaborative study of more than 40,000 Americans who started attending college, but did not finish with a degree, this report from Strada Education Network, Lumina Foundation and Gallup Research provides insights into the reasons they stopped out of college, and what could help them return.
We examine students’ experiences during education and training to ensure that everyone involved understands what students value and how to meet their needs in ways that perpetuate their success far beyond completing a credential or degree.
Strada’s prior research on undergraduate perceptions of the value of their education demonstrates that students value their education most when they receive support to connect their education and career interests.
How is COVID-19 affecting college students currently enrolled at American four-year institutions?
Student experiences tied to the belief that education is worth the cost
Two centuries after the first historically Black colleges and universities were founded, the 101 accredited HBCUs in operation today continue to deliver on their legacy of expanding educational opportunity for Black students that leads to successful and fulfilling lives.
We measure student outcomes — persistence, completion, employment, and socio-economic — to identify proven practices to help students succeed beyond completion. In addition to providing resources to measure and benchmark student outcomes, we evaluate the effectiveness of our own grants, investments, strategic services, engagement, and advocacy efforts.
The baccalaureate degree remains the surest path to economic mobility, employment stability, and a host of associated social benefits.
Learn more about the impacts for participants in Roadtrip Nation programs, from road trip experiences to our project-based course and career exploration tools.
Underemployment’s Long-Term Effects on the Careers of College Grads
The benefits and opportunities of certificates and certifications.
We conduct research to help Strada and our partners find new ways to help every student succeed through and beyond completion of degrees and credentials.
Even as community colleges across the nation have experienced historic enrollment declines due to the pandemic, the percentage of working-age adults stating their intent to enroll within the next two years remains strong.
The time is now to forge new pathways between learning and work so that more workers can thrive.
Applied connections between education and work are increasingly a part of undergraduate education in the United States. Among students who have work-based learning experiences, those with paid internships stand out for their increased earning power, confidence in themselves, and recognition of the value of their education.
Some say that STEM skills are the most critical skills in the age of automation. Others think only the uniquely “human” skills of the liberal arts will survive. We believe it’s both. The most valuable workers now, and in the future, are those who combine technical knowledge with human skills.
We want to know how we can help bring the learner voice to your work. Let us know about opportunities to collaborate, if you have questions about the data, or if you would like us to brief your team on our research. You also can email us directly at email@example.com.
To better understand the value community colleges provide to individuals and communities, we need to acknowledge the range of needs they serve.
A wide range of experiences prepare students for success beyond the completion of their college degree. The evidence for the value of interning on students’ future careers is strong.
In an era of student enrollment declines, tight labor markets, rising college costs, and a growing lack of confidence in the value of a postsecondary education, community colleges and employers have ample reasons to partner together.
Partnerships between community colleges and employers have the opportunity to address local and regional economic needs through a range of tools, including supporting student success through resources and services, integrating work-based learning, and building career pathways.
At a time of growing societal uncertainty about the value of higher education and declining enrollment, the views of alumni turn out to be particularly insightful. This group can provide especially valuable feedback about how their education experiences have enriched their lives, which can help us ensure that today’s students maximize all the benefits that college offers.
The list of benefits associated with earning a college degree is extensive and oft-repeated. It includes higher average lifetime earnings, employment security, greater self-esteem, and better health, among many others.
Amid all of this disruption, the number of U.S. workers leaving or changing their jobs sharply increased. Known variously as the Great Resignation, Reshuffle, or Realignment, the trend has been cast in the cultural imagination as a collective desire on the part of the American workforce for more rewarding or meaningful work.
New Study from Strada Education Network Reveals a Silver Lining at a Challenging Time
Over the past 80 years, our nation has made great strides in improving access to college, and then ensuring that many more students could complete a college degree.
Spring 2022 enrollment numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse reveal a fifth straight semester of enrollment declines, with more than 1 million fewer students enrolled compared to spring 2020
Applied connections between education and work are increasingly a part of undergraduate education in the United States.
Disparities in securing paid internships persist for women, people of color, first-generation college students, and students with low incomes — even when taking into account their fields of study