September 29, 2021
 2-3 p.m. EDT


Steep declines in undergraduate enrollment during 2020 and 2021 threaten to widen existing equity gaps in college completion and career opportunities. Re-engaging students who have changed or delayed their plans for postsecondary education will require institutions to respond to the new concerns and priorities that have emerged for these young adults during the pandemic. This month our research is informed directly by 2020 and 2021 high school graduates who have reconsidered their education plans. In surveys and interviews, they shared candid feedback on the current state of education and pointed toward the solutions they need from the field.

This report builds upon a growing body of Strada research tackling the challenges disconnected learners face and offering solutions for reconnecting them with postsecondary education. Join us at 2 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, Sept. 29, for the latest findings and a webinar conversation. Presenters and panelists include:


  • Janet Salm, managing director of research, Strada Education Network


  • Melissa Leavitt, director of research, Strada Education Network
  • Elaine Leigh, postdoctoral fellow, Strada Education Network 


In the news from Strada

June 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.