If millions of Americans are interested but are not enrolling, what can higher education do to engage students, support their enrollment, and help them complete?

Two community college presidents join two nonprofit leaders to discuss implementing proven solutions to discuss that question in this webinar presented by CAEL and InsideTrack. Listen to these higher education leaders’ insights on dismantling systemic and institutional barriers and implementing proven solutions that support today’s students.

Among the key moments to watch:

12:15 — Janet Salm, Managing Director of Research, Strada Education Network: When we look back on this year, how will we know what moved the needle to keep students engaged? Measuring success may take time, Salm said, because people tried “anything and everything.” Listen to what Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College, and Dr. Scott Ralls, President of Wake Technical Community College, said when Salm asked what worked for them.

12:27 — Dr. Scott Ralls, President of Wake Technical Community College: Re-engaging students is a two-step process that Wake Tech calls “reach and rally.” Reaching stopped out students is only the first part. Hear Ralls explain why once you have a student’s attention, you have to let them know how close they are to completing, and that support is available to help them make it to the finish line.

12:30 — Ruth Bauer White, president of InsideTrack: When students leave school, it’s often because they need to deal with more immediate needs. “Students stop out for good reasons,” White noted. Get her insights into those reasons and the strategies colleges can use to bring students back.

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.