September 21, 2022
 2 p.m. Eastern

The decision made by millions of workers to leave their jobs in the wake of the pandemic has become known as the Great Resignation. Our research explores the aspirations and experiences driving these record numbers, and the role played by postsecondary education and training in helping workers navigate employment transitions. Based on a survey of individuals who have made an employment change since March 2020, the desire to pursue better opportunities far outweighs dissatisfaction as the primary motivation for the change, and their satisfaction with a new job is linked to those individual motivations. Additional findings reveal that while interest in postsecondary education and training remains high, particularly for those experiencing an employment change, concerns about cost and doubts about economic and career outcomes remain persistent barriers to enrollment.

Join Strada researchers, guest panelists, and moderator Paul Fain at 2 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, Sept. 21, for insights and discussion about what’s behind employment changes and how policymakers, educators, and employers can support individuals in pursuing their education and career goals. 

Public Viewpoint is Strada Education Network’s regular release of timely research-based insights on key higher education and workforce issues. Drawing upon data from multiple national surveys representing the perspectives of more than 400,000 adults, the research informs education and training providers, policymakers, and employers who are helping people complete valuable and purposeful education pathways. Additional data from publicly available sources, including U.S. government surveys and statistics, are regularly examined and included.

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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.